Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that WR Wes Welker has a “somewhat mild disdain for the Patriots right now.”
Welker was reportedly “miffed” by the Patriots decision to play Julian Edelman over him in the opening game of the season. Another issue for Welker is the belief that had Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski not gotten hurt last year, Welker may have seen a reduced role in their offense.
There have been several reports that have suggested that the two sides are getting close to reaching an agreement on a three-year contract extension.
Cole adds that Welker is going to have to decide whether it’s better to try to maximize what’s likely to be his last shot at securing a big contract, or return to New England and get paid less, but maintain his productive role.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reported on Tuesday’s SportsCenter that Welker would have “minimal” suitors on the open market.
“People I’ve talked to around the league think that the Patriots have made a wise move here,” said Werde