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Report: Wes Welker has ‘somewhat mild disdain’ for Patriots after last season’s treatment

03.05.13 at 7:56 am ET

While Tom Brady‘s restructured contract appeared to clear the way for the Patriots to re-sign Wes Welker, the negotiations are not expected to be easy — and not just for monetary reasons.

According to a report from Yahoo! SportsJason Cole, Welker has a “somewhat mild disdain for the Patriots right now,” apparently due to his treatment at the start of last season. In a season-opening victory over the Titans, Welker was targeted just five times (three receptions), and “that bit of tweaking stuck in Welker’s craw all season,” Cole writes, adding that “there’s a little paranoia in the Welker camp these days about his role with the Pats.”

Welker ended up with 118 receptions for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns in 2012. It was the fifth time in his six seasons in New England he topped 100 receptions and 1,000 yards.

Welker, 31, made $9.4 million last season as the team’s franchise player. The team did not franchise him before Monday’s deadline, setting him up to become a free agent.

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