Welker, who signed a $9.5-million franchise tender earlier this week, said that talks with the team have taken a turn for the worse, according to the Boston Herald.
ďThere have been talks, but nothing thatís brightened anything at all,Ē Welker told the Herald's Karen Guregian. ďItís actually gotten worse.Ē
According to Welker, the Patriots have reduced the two-year, fully guaranteed $16-million offer that was originally on the table in 2011.
Welker said he signed the $9.5 million tender early because he didn't want to miss any preparation for next season.
ďIf they see me out there at OTAs and minicamps and everything else, and Iím still out there winning and doing what I need to do to help the team win, you know what, the ballís in their court to make something happen,Ē Welker said. ďThatís kind of my mindset. To go out and show them I deserve it...Ē
ďThe ballís in their court. I just want to play,Ē he said. ďAt the end of the day, if itís one year, $9.5 million, itís one year, $9.5 million. Iím good with that.Ē