Karen Guregian reports Wes Welker is still undecided on whether he'll sign his tender and show up at the offseason workouts in two weeks.
"I don’t know. I’m not quite sure yet," Welker said. "We’ll have to wait and see how things go. To tell you the truth, I haven’t made up my mind yet."
"I think that’s what every player looks for as far as playing and the risk you put out there on the field — you never know what’s going to happen out there, and I don’t think anybody knows that better than me," he said. "You just definitely want that security. You just want to be able to have that security and go out there and play."
"Every day, every time you’re out there on the field, one misstep, and everything you’ve worked for is gone," Welker said. "So it’s a risk you take, a risk I took all last season. At least this time, it’ll be at a little bit of a higher pay. So it’s all good."
"I think all things work out in the end," he said. "The best I can do is just go out there and keep working hard and keep doing everything I can do (to) help the team win. And in the end, I think things take care of themselves no matter how they end."
On all weapons freeing things up inside for him: "I think any time you have really good players out there, it’s good for everybody. Getting Deion [Branch] back. Adding Brandon Lloyd and Anthony Gonzlalez, and Donte', and all these different guys, it’s going to be good for all of us. It will create good competition and at the same time help everybody else as far as getting open and getting the ball down the field. ... I feel like we have a lot of threats out there and a lot of guys that can make plays."
Ribbing Rob Gronkowski and his style: "For somebody to get by with what they have, Gronk does a pretty good job of not wearing anything he ever has to pay for. … Free anything."
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