Patriots receiver Wes Welker said in April he might skip the team’s minicamp this month, but he said on Monday there’s still a chance he will attend.
“We’re still kind of waiting, but I’d really like to be there,” Welker said in an interview on WEEI. “I don’t know. To say I’m going one way or another right now, I’m not going to say definite or anything like that. But I would definitely like to be at those minicamps for sure.”
Welker, who was franchised by the Patriots for the 2012 season, is working with the team on a new deal.
“I think we’re all on the same page,” Welker said. “And we’re all trying to collectively come together and make something happen. I think everybody just needs to know that. We’re all on the same page and we’re trying to work toward something.”
Welker also elaborated on his minor kerfuffle with former Patriot Willie McGinest, who criticized Welker over his suggestion he might not attend minicamp. Welker initially responded only with a tweet.
“I was a little bit surprised, just because I know that he knows what a business this is,” Welker said. “Especially being in the position that he’s been put in and stuff, that he kind of put me out there like that. But it’s all in good fun, man. I’m not too worried about it. I’ve talked with Willie a few times and stuff. So, it’s all good. There’s nothing but love and all those things. But we had to go back and forth on that a little bit.”
Welker said there was no chance his contract dispute would lead him to miss regular-season games.
“There’s 9 1/2 million reasons why I wouldn’t miss any regular-season games. So, I don’t have to worry about that,” he said.
The franchise tag guarantees Welker a $9.5 million salary in 2012.