Wes Welker seemed pretty thrilled after signing a franchise tender, but things may have gotten slightly worse for the Patriots receiver in his negotiations with the team. Welker said that negotiations haven't been going well and that the Patriots' latest offer was actually less than the two-year, $16 million guaranteed deal he was reportedly offered at the end of last season. Did he give up his leverage by signing the tender?
Giving up the upper hand?
If Welker hadn't signed his tender recently, the Patriots might have been more inclined to lock him down with a new contract. Of course, they may have seen it as a lack of commitment.
Welker has been the Patriots' safety valve on offense -- he's seemingly impossible to cover and regularly records double-digit receptions.
Over- or under-paid?
Regardless of whether he inks a new deal, Welker's $9.5 million salary this season is a big upgrade for him.
A product of the system?
Welker had a solid career before signing with New England, but he really took off once paired with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.