Saturday, May 21, 2011
Welker: Extension 'last thing on my mind'
By Mike Reiss
PEABODY, Mass. -- Since this is an offseason highlighted by labor uncertainty, it comes as little surprise that one of the main topics Wes Welker spoke to reporters about at his Old Spice football camp was finances.
Welker enters the last year of a five-year, $17 million deal he signed with the Patriots in 2007.
"I'm really not worried about it at all," he said of a possible extension. "I enjoy playing ball. Whenever it comes, it comes. Really it's probably the last thing on my mind."
As for the labor situation, Welker said he never thought something like this would be an issue.
"Growing up, not having much, and the fact we're squabbling about money is kind of ridiculous to me," he said. "I came into this league and probably made more money than I ever thought I would in a lifetime. Everything from here is just icing on the cake, so hopefully we get something fair done and we can move on and get to where we can play some football."
Welker also said he spoke with quarterback Tom Brady on Friday and said the two have plans to get together for workouts soon.