New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has stated that he will sign his $9.5 million franchise tender. This is a wise move on Welker’s part. Thanks to Welker’s decision, Welker will be able to report to Patriots’ training camp so he can get in shape for the 2012 NFL Season.
Welker wanted to hold out for a long-term deal. At the end of the day, the Patriots probably decided it was in their best interest to stick to their franchise tag that they offered Welker.
There were two main reasons why the Patriots decided to go in this direction. Patriots Head coach Bill Belichick likes to see players earn their paycheck without overpaying that player.
Welker dropped a critical pass that could have helped the Patriots’ win Super Bowl 46. I definitely believe that was an x-factor in the Patriots decision to stay firm with their decision.
Welker not missing any games for the Patriots really helps the defending AFC Champions out in 2012. I am sure Welker would like to get a long term deal done, but he realizes the Patriots have bigger issues to address.
Both parties may want to have a long-term solution in place for Welker, if the Patriots have a stable salary cap situation. The deadline for both sides to get a deal done on is July 15, 2012.