- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Former Patriots outside linebacker Willie McGinest, now serving as an analyst on NFL Network, had strong commentary on Wes Welker's approach to his contract situation.
Speaking on the "Total Access" program Tuesday (video here), McGinest laid into Welker.
"I just don’t like the diva attitude," McGinest said. "Let’s keep it real: prior to the Patriots, this is a guy who played three years, had 96 receptions and never had a 1,000-yard season. Due to a big part of the Patriots offensive system and Tom Brady, he’s had five years where he’s had over 100 catches. Of those five years until he got hurt , he had over 1,000 yards receiving [each year].
"Let’s just keep everything in perspective: a big part of that is due to the Patriots … Let’s not forget that they signed Brandon Lloyd, they signed [Anthony] Gonzalez, they signed [Deion] Branch back, they have the two tight ends – they have weapons on that offense.
"So look Wes, it’s time to take off the leopard-printed cowboy boots, get off the party tour and get back to work. [During] my tenure in New England, no matter how big you were or who you were, nobody said that they weren’t coming to a mandatory minicamp. If you know anything about New England, understand that you’re expendable. Unless you’re Bill Belichick or Tom Brady, you’re expendable."