Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/11/12

There’s an old 80’s song by the rock group Abba, “I know there is something going on”  and Wes Welker must have the same feeling.

As contract negotiations have come to a grinding halt, Welker witnessed Rob Gronkowski land a 6-Year, $54 million deal. Bill Belichick knows how to make a slap in the face seem more like a punch.

Welker turned down a 2-Year, $16 million deal and the Patriots pulled the offer. Hardball is what you call it, but any way you look at it, Welker is viewed as piece with a value that can be expendable.

The Patriots just don’t do what they did with Gronkowski, extending him with two years left on his contract. However, before you think they are changing, picture this: the 2013 the salary cap is due to go up to as far as $150 million, as opposed to the $129 million currently in place. In signing Gronkowski early, the Patriots actually got a bargain.

Welker isn’t part of the long term future, where Gronkowski will be one of the first players to probably play without Tom Brady.

Welker has been the good soldier, he’s lead the league in receptions, and is hailed as the prototype slot receiver. However, in the Patriots system, he’s an aging wide receiver who has taken an abundance of huge hits, and has a reconstructed blown out knee.

Welker’s biggest misfortune is that he is a year behind the big payday year. 2013 teams would overspend to get Welker, extra change in the NFL teams pocket means more for Welker’s wallet. That means Welker has to have another super season to land a big payday, and with the additions of Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney, Welker will see the ball less.

Maybe he should have signed that two year deal, which was guaranteed. Welker tip toed around in the media, flip flopping about his intents on reporting to the Patriots off-season training program and the Patriots did not like that at all.

The team has dug in, and it seems they are quite content to let Welker play out the franchise tag, and there hasn’t been any indication that Welker has a stipulation like Asante Samuel had that the Patriots wouldn’t tag him againthe following year.

So if Welker does have a super season again, the Patriots could tag him and he would be premium trade bait. On the other hand, if Welker’s production drops, then that $16 million dollar deal looked pretty good in retrospect.

$16 million guaranteed meant Welker didn’t have to worry about 2013. Now it’s probably the most critical of his career.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jamaal Charles could be on the roster bubble

Jimmy Butler on state of Bulls: ‘I just want to win at all costs’

Report: Giants will be ‘aggressive’ in trying to sign Jason Pierre-Paul

Report: Porzingis avoided ligament damage in ankle

Brooks Koepka meltdown includes whiff, stomping head off driver

Report: 49ers could talk trade for QB at the NFL Scouting Combine

Best of YB: The state of the NBA following the trade deadline

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

Best of YB: The state of the NBA following the trade deadline

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker