Wes Welker met with the New England Patriots on Tuesday and according to The Boston Globe, isn’t in good standing with the team. After meeting and hearing what they have to offer, Welker is not pleased and will be testing the market to see if someone else is going to give him the money he wants in his new contract.
From The Boston Globe:
The Patriots and Wes Welker did not consummate a deal. They remain in contract limbo. As it stands, the two sides talked yesterday. But the bottom line is this: They’re not in a happy place.
The Globe goes on to report that Welker broke off talks with the Patriots about an hour into free agency yesterday, meaning the two sides were miles apart from where each of them wanted to be. The next logical step in this situation is that Welker signs elsewhere, which is something no one was anticipating prior to free agency starting.
It was widely believed that Welker was going to remain with the Patriots and that the two sides would work out a deal. There is no indication as to which side was in the wrong during the talks, as the patriots could have low-balled Welker the same way Welker could have been asking for a bit too much money. Either way, talks have broken down and Welker is expected to continue to hear offers from other teams as the week barrels on.
As for what the Patriots will do next, there’s still a chance the two sides can hash out a deal down the road. Welker might not have liked what he heard, but if he starts to hear it from other teams, the best place he can sign is back in New England. The Patriots are now being linked to Danny Amenedola while Julian Edelman remains another option they can go to.