Just days after signing his franchise tender, things have worsened for New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker.
"There have been talks, but nothing that's brightened anything at all," Welker told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. "It’s actually gotten worse."
Prior to signing his franchise tender, Welker had the option of holding out until well into the off-season. Teams have until July 16 to sign their franchise players to long-term deals.
Welker—in signing his franchise tender—chose to take a leap of faith.
Apparently, doing the right thing may not get the right results.
According to Welker, the Patriots have lowered the two-year, fully guaranteed $16 million offer that they initially proposed to something less. As it stands now, Welker is guaranteed $9.5 million for only next season after signing his tender.
When contemplating whether he should holdout or not, Welker took the Patriots' style into consideration.
"I think those techniques [holding out] work better with other teams. I think the best thing you can do, as far as the Patriots, is be there and let them make the decision if they want to do something long-term or not," Welker said.
While the Patriots may want Welker on the receiving end of quarterback Tom Brady's passes, they may not value him as much as they did earlier.
The Patriots have signed free agents Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez, Donte Stallworth, and seventh-round rookie Jeremy Ebert, to go along with their already rostered veterans Deion Branch, Chad Ochocinco, Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman.
Despite how crowded the wide receiver elevator may be in New England, Welker is an integral piece to the Patriots puzzle. If the Pats and Welker can't work out a multi-year deal, then expect to see Welker donning a different uniform in 2013.