Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/20/14

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots looks on against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Wes Welker said he wants to be at the Patriots' mandatory minicamp June 12-14, but his status as an unsigned franchise player could still prevent it. Welker, designated the Patriots franchise player and guaranteed $9.5 million for 2012 if he signs the tender, said on WEEI Radio in Boston that he's anxious to work out a long-term deal with New England. "I think we're all on the same page and we're all trying to collectively come together and make something happen," Welker said. The most important date on the offseason calendar for Welker, the mandatory minicamp is typically a series of full-squad workouts and team-building sessions that include installation of offensive and defensive plays and personnel groups. There's also a wealth of individual and position group work. But Welker wouldn't be the first franchise designated player to skip the workout and incur the fine permitted by league rules for player absences. Often, those fines can be erased as part of negotiations to ...
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