Welker to Herald: Negotiations 'worse'

In his first public comments since tweeting he had signed his franchise tender, receiver Wes Welker told the Boston Herald did not accept the one-year, $9.5 million deal because he was optimistic a long-term deal was near, confirming instead the opposite: that negotiations had “gotten worse.”

“There have been talks, but nothing that’s brightened anything at all,” Welker said. “It’s actually gotten worse.”

Welker told the Herald the latest offer the Patriots extended to him was less than the two-year, $16 million fully-guaranteed deal he was offered last season. It was unclear when the Patriots made that latest offer.

When Welker signed the franchise tender Tuesday, he tweeted he had taken a “#leapoffaith” in doing so, adding he hoped “doing the right thing gets the right results.”

The other option on the table for Welker was to not sign the tender and stay away from the upcoming organized team activities to send a message to the Patriots. Welker said his preferred route was to be with his team for the program, which he thinks sends a different kind of message.

These latest comments come just days after Welker told Boston sports radio station WEEI that he thought he and the Patriots were "on the same page" on a long-term deal and "trying to collectively come together and make something happen."

To read the Boston Herald piece, written by Karen Guregian, CLICK HERE.