|Wes Welker: After marriage to a supermodel, is a long-term deal next?||06.12.12 at 8:29 pm ET|
FOXBORO — These are exciting times for Wes Welker.
He’s about to get married. He’s back in training camp with the Patriots after agreeing to a franchise tender in May that guarantees him $9.5 million for the 2012 season.
And he may get a long-term deal by the time he see the practice fields of Gillette Stadium in late July.
Listening to him on Tuesday, on the first day of mandatory minicamp, his focus is totally on 2012.
The clock is ticking toward a deadline to agree to terms on a contract extension with Patriots receiver Welker. The star receiver signed his franchise tag tender in March, guaranteeing him $9.5 million for the 2012 season. Under the terms of the NFL collective bargaining agreement, Welker, his agent David Dunn and the Patriots have until July 16 to reach an agreement on a long-term contract or be forced to wait until next offseason.
“I don’t really expect anything. I expect for me to go out there and do my job to the best of my ability,” Welker said after Tuesday’s first of three minicamp workouts and practices at Gillette Stadium. “I’m not worried about that all. Right now, I’m here and I’m happy. I’m just here to help our team win here in 2012.
“I think I’ve said everything I need to say as far as anything about my contract. I’m just looking forward to the season and helping the team get better.”
Welker was asked his thoughts on tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s six-year, $54 million contract signed last week and whether it might impact his status.
“I thought it was a great deal,” Welker said. “You need a guy like that around here for a long time. And he’s such a great player for us, and having him around for a while is a great deal for us and the organization. I’m very happy for him.”
Welker said he is not bitter about the Patriots signing Gronkowski before getting a potential deal with him completed.
“No, not at all,” Welker said. “I’m always pulling for the players, especially a guy like Gronk who does such a great job for us, works so hard and deserves every bit of that contract.”
As for the July 16 deadline, Belichick said he and the team will do what is best for the organization.
“It is what it is,” Belichick said. “Whatver the rules are, we’ll comply with them.”
Speaking of complying, Welker will soon have someone else to answer to as he is getting married to Anna Burns, the woman who walked away with top honors at the 2005 Miss Hooters International competition.
“I’m very much looking forward to it,” Welker said. “Get these last two days, have some really good days of practice. I can train and then turn my focus toward that for a week or so.”
Is Tom Brady the best man?
“He’s pretty close,” Welker said. “He’s up there but no, he’s not the best man.”
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