Wes Welker rumors indicate it is even more likely he leaves the New England Patriots. It seemed like Welker and the Patriots would be able to find some middle ground even after he expressed an interest in testing free agency, but it now appears the two sides are very far apart in negotiations. According to a report from early Wednesday (March 13) this may tip the scales toward Welker wanting to find a new franchise for the 2013 NFL season.
NFL writer Albert Breer posted that, "Word around the league is the Patriots' offer to Welker came in substantially lower than expected, and he's seriously considering bolting NE." That led to another post from him on Twitter that stated, "Welker is now looking at offers from other teams. This situation's gone back and forth a lot, so nothing's final."
There is certainly a lot of room for the Patriots to come back with an offer that Welker and his team finds to be fair, but it is starting to look like he is not being treated like an elite receiver should. That's not exactly new information, though, as the Patriots continuously placed the franchise tag on Welker rather than reward him with a big payday for what he has accomplished with the team.
Last season with the Patriots, Welker caught 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns. He was huge for the team in the playoffs as well, but the team simply does not seem committed to giving him the long-term contract that he wants.
It really looks like these Wes Welker rumors are going to lead to him leaving the New England Patriots and signing a free agent deal with another team. The problem has been that there doesn't seem to be a public suitor willing to offer him that big payday, leaving the door open for the Patriots to give him a low-ball offer in the end that he accepts. If Welker is really unhappy, though, he could end up giving another team that discount to attain his services.
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