Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker joined Mut & Merloni Monday afternoon and, despite implying recently that he probably would not attend the team's June minicamp while he negotiates a new contract, said he's hoping to make an appearance.
"We're still kind of waiting, but I'd really like to be there," he said. "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, in town to host the Wes Welker Football Clinic this Saturday and Sunday in Peabody, indicated he harbors no ill toward the organization as negotiations drag on.
"I think we're all on the same page," he 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."
Added Welker: "We're just kind of moving along. I have a great relationship with coach [Bill Belichick] and Mr. Kraft and with the front office and everybody else. I don't think there's any sort of hard feelings on my side or their side. I think we're all looking forward to the 2012 season and hopefully do some big things there."
Welker, who was given the franchise tag (worth about $9.5 million) for the 2012 season, talked about trying to balance a big payday with playing for a team he's come to appreciate.
"I think anybody that plays for any organization that has done a good job over the years wants to be rewarded for it," he said. "I think I'm no different from any other guy that's in the league. The main thing is just trying to keep a level head about it and make sure you're making the best decisions for yourself, but at the same time put yourself in a position where you can play for a great team and hopefully do some great things in the future."
Former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest appeared on NFL Network last month and criticized Welker for his "diva attitude" for threatening to skip minicamp. The two then exchanged tweets, with Welker questioning McGinest's decision to leave the Pats for the Browns toward the end of his career.
"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."
Following are more highlights from the conversation.
On getting over the Super Bowl loss to the Giants: "You learn from it, you move on, and hopefully you get the opportunity again next time. But it's definitely one of those that stings for a while. You want to fight back from it and come back from it stronger, and hopefully we're able to do that and we'll learn from that situation and move on from it. But it definitely takes a lot longer than your typical game, obviously."
On Tom Brady saying he'd like to play 10 more years: "There's no doubt in my mind. There's no doubt. Tom, in every decision he makes, in everything he does -- from what he eats to what he drinks to what his traveling schedule is -- everything is centered around football. Everything. It's almost sickening. It's almost like an illness that he has or something. Every decision he makes is literally towards being a better football player. I commend him on it. It's hard. It's not easy to eat the way he does, to train the way he does and do the things he needs to do to be better. Especially in the position he's in, he doesn't have to. But he loves it. That's what he strives for and what he loves. And it shows in the way he carries himself."
On the possibility he would hold out and miss a regular-season game: "No, not at all. Not at all. There's 9 1/2 million reasons why I wouldn't miss any regular-season game. So, I don't have to worry about that."
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
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Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Rob Bradford had some great insight into the tornado at last night’s Red Sox game. The guys don’t understand what Riley Dennis is trying to argue for.
Hour 3. The guys don’t think Lavar Ball has any influence on Lonzo’s draft stock. Ken Laird gave a lively performance on the Lightning pregame show.
The American treasure Mr. Skins joins the show to talk the Whack-It bracket and take calls.
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HOUR 3 - The guys get back into some Bruins talk and try to parse out some of the blame pie. Also, Glenn thinks Roger Goodell is lying, and that Colin Kaepernick is getting a raw deal.
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SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
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