New England Patriots and Wes Welker Still Far From Long-Term Deal?

By Dan Parzych

Despite receiving the $9.5 million tag, Wes Welker had made it clear that he would prefer a long-term deal from the New England Patriots before the start of the 2012 season and with the way his career has gone in Foxboro–it’s safe to say the wide receiver deserves every penny he wants. Unfortunately, it appears the two sides are far from reaching an agreement.

According to Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet in New England, Welker and the Patriots have yet to make any progress on making a long-term deal happen–leaving many wondering whether or not it could eventually lead to the wideout holding out. Welker has yet to sign the tendered offer of $9.5 million and with offseason workouts and minicamps right around the corner–this isn’t a good sign for the folks in New England.

Sure, it’s hard to feel bad for a guy like Welker considering $9.5 million is a ton of money to be making for just one season, but it’s the financial security for the long run that he’s worried about in this situation. When players like DeSean Jackson receive a five-year deal for $51 million from the Philadelphia Eagles, it has to be frustrating for a player like Welker considering he’s arguably one of the most danger players at his position in the NFL.

Since joining the Patriots in 2007, Welker has caught 554 passes for 6,105 yards to go along with 31 touchdowns. In other words, it’s safe to say Welker’s certainly earned a long-term deal–even if he is turning 31 in May.

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