Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, who missed voluntary workouts last week, said he’s unsure if he’ll attend the team’s mandatory mini-camp because he has yet to receive a long-term deal.
“I’m not 100 percent sure on that,” Welker told ESPN Boston radio’s Adam Jones Tuesday. “But I don’t know if I will or not. I’m thinking I’m probably not going to, but you know things could change. We’ll just see how it all plays out.”
Welker was franchised in early March, a designation that comes with $9.5 million salary for the 2012 season. But the Pro Bowl receiver has opted not to sign the tender, appearing to set up a showdown with the Patriots management over his contract.
“I just felt that this was probably the best, really the only, basically leverage that I had is to take this route,” Welker said about missing workouts. “It’s really not a route that I thought I’d ever take just because that’s not me. I kind of feel like it’s the spot I’ve been put in.”
Earlier in the day, on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Welker talked about his contract situation as well.
“I think the negotiations have kind of stopped at the franchise tender,” he said. “We haven’t really spoken since then about anything else. But I’m sure with the draft, and everything else, there’s a lot of other things that kind of take place. And you know how coach [Bill] Belichick works … Right now he’s in draft mode. And I’m sure after the draft hopefully we’re able to come together and figure something out.”