More Updates on Welker Contract Talks; Additional Thoughts

Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots catches a 41-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 27, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Earlier today, we promised to keep you updated on Wes Welker's contract negotiations with the Patriots in the week leading up to the deadline to sign an extension.

Over the weekend, Greg A. Bedard reported that Welker and the Patriots were more than $6 million apart in guaranteed money. However, Bedard's Globe colleague, Shalise Manza Young, reported this morning that the sides were working hard towards a new deal:

While the two sides have been in different places as far as guaranteed money, it is believed that the main hurdle is a third year and how to structure it. The Patriots have been reluctant to go to a three-year deal with the 31-year old receiver, who in five seasons with New England has recorded 554 catches, just three shy of the franchise record set by Troy Brown over 15 years.

Via a league source, it is expected that the two sides will be working hard this week toward getting a deal done.

While it was initially a good sign that the Patriots and Welker, ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio offered a bit of a conflicting report. Florio reports that because of the divide between Welker and the Patriots, there might not even be any talks this week.

As for my thoughts on the third year: I think the Patriots have to give, at least partially, to Welker. Regardless of what the doubters say, Welker is a special player. Whether he's been assisted by the system or not isn't important. No player has ever produced in the system like he has, and there's arguably never been a more productive slot receiver in NFL history.

I'm fairly confident that Welker will be a very productive player over the next two years. While a 33-year-old Welker in 2014 with a high cap number could pose some sort of a risk, I'm inclined to think that the money saved over the next two years will more than make up for that. Keep in mind that the Patriots have a lot of cap space heading into this season, and a Welker deal could save them even more. Also keep in mind that under the new CBA, cap space can be rolled over into the next season. The bottom line: paying Welker now reduces the already minimal risk involved in giving him a third year.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Pats Pulpit

You must be a member of Pats Pulpit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pats Pulpit. You should read them.

Join Pats Pulpit

You must be a member of Pats Pulpit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pats Pulpit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker