Wes Welker States Contract Talks With Pats Have ‘Gotten Worse’

Wes Welker reports that his talks with the New England Patriots have “gotten worse,” as they have reduced his contract from two years to one year.

According to The Boston Herald, Welker has signed a one year, $9.5 million contract with the Patriots, even though negotiations have not gotten better between him and the Pro Bowl team.

Welker stated:

“There have been talks, but nothing that’s brightened anything at all…It’s actually gotten worse.”

Boston.com reports that the receiver went on to say:

“If they see me out there at OTAs and minicamps and everything else, and I’m still out there winning and doing what I need to do to help the team win, you know what, the ball’s in their court to make something happen. That’s kind of my mindset. To go out and show them I deserve it…”

Pat Kirwin of CBSSports.com wrote about Wes Welker’s situation, stating that:

“I think the right deal is a three-year contract. The deal should be $25 million over three years with 2012 as is at $9.5 fully guaranteed. Then 2013 another $9.5 guaranteed (which is under the $11.4 franchise tag but guaranteed now) and in 2014 a $2 million roster bonus on the 10th day of the league year and a $4 million salary.”

Welker has hopes that the contract will allow him to prove himself to the Patriots, and result in him landing a longer deal with the Super Bowl-winning team. The Boston Herald goes on to report that Welker said:

“If they see me out there at OTAs and minicamps and everything else, and I’m still out there winning and doing what I need to do to help the team win, you know what, the ball’s in their court to make something happen. That’s kind of my mindset. To go out and show them I deserve it…”