Report: Welker won't hold out

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Report: Welker won't hold out

Wes Welker might take the franchise tag quietly.

Jeff Howe of NESN.com tweeted a good soldier status update on the Patriots receiver:

"On Welker, I've been told by several close to him, if he's under contract, he will honor that contract, won't hold out. We'll see."

Howe's tweet co-exists nicely with Welker's from earlier this week.

Glad that I will be a Patriot in 2012. And hopefully 13,14,15,16,17,18 he wrote after receiving the team's tag.

The optimism and cooperative spirit is swell and all, but it might not fill out Welker's wallet.

Vince Wilfork made a stink about the franchise tag a few years ago, calling the mere thought of it a "slap in the face." He ended up with a five-year, 40 million dollar deal just weeks after it was applied. Logan Mankins made a bigger mess after getting tagged, holding out for eight weeks before the Patriots gave him six years and 51 million.

So why is Welker behaving?

"That's the thing that's going to hurt him," Jermaine Wiggins said on 98.5's Felger and Mazz show. "If you look, even at his old contract, because he didn't take them to the wall like Logan Mankins. Generally, guys who hold out and say, 'I'm going to do it this way. I'm not going to be that model citizen you wanted.' Those are the guys that get paid.

"That cliche where nice guys finish last?" Wiggins continued. "That's true in the NFL. You've got to really ruffle some feathers."

Doesn't sound like that's Welker's plan.

Patriots add DB Sunseri, OL Kerbyson in lead-up to training camp

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Patriots add DB Sunseri, OL Kerbyson in lead-up to training camp

The Patriots added a pair of free agents on Sunday, defensive back Vinnie Sunseri and offensive lineman Kyler Kerbyson, bringing their active roster to a total of 89 players in the days leading up to the start of training camp. 

The Saints selected Sunseri in the fifth round out of Alabama in 2014. He played in nine games as a rookie before suffering a season-ending broken arm. Last year, he did not see any time during the regular season due to a knee injury suffered during a preseason game. 

Sunseri, 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, was released by the Saints in April. Given his ties to Bill Belichick confidante Nick Saban, his special teams experience, and what's thought to be a high football IQ, Sunseri appears to check several boxes that the Patriots like to see out of depth pieces on their roster. Should safety Nate Ebner not be fully prepared to begin the season after competing in the Olympics, Sunseri could benefit by snagging that potential open roster spot. 

Kerbyson measures in at 6-4, 317 pounds and arrives to New England as an undrafted free agent from Tennessee. He's a lineman with some versatility as he started all 13 games for the Vols at left tackle in 2015, but he started games at both tackle spots and left guard as a junior. 

The Patriots had a handful of offensive linemen who were not able to participate in spring practices as they recovered from injuries -- including tackles Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder and guards Josh Kline and Tre' Jackson -- and Kerbyson could provide some measure of depth up front should any of those players need to miss training camp time. 

Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus

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Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus

PHOENIX (AP) -- A bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players and a van collided Sunday on an Arizona highway, killing four people in the van, authorities said.

The bus occupants emerged uninjured from the crash, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said.

"All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises," Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said in an email.

Dalrymple said the bus was only carrying members of the franchise's staff but would not say how many. There were no players on board.

Mickey Spagnola, a columnist for the team's website, has been writing for the past week about traveling on a Cowboys bus with a driver, the team mascot and videographer. On his Twitter page, Spagnola tweeted before 2 p.m. that the bus was 80 miles outside of Vegas.

The two vehicles collided in the afternoon on U.S. 93, about 30 miles north of the city of Kingman or 180 miles northeast of Phoenix, according to DPS.

The crash shut down at least one lane of the highway that serves as the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The bus was on its way to a Dallas Cowboys fan event in Las Vegas. Charles Cooper, manager of GameWorks entertainment center in Vegas, said the session with 50 to 75 fans was scheduled for 3 p.m. PDT. People were already waiting when the president of a Las Vegas Cowboys fan club called to relay news of the accident. The event was subsequently canceled. Cooper says the team mascot was supposed to appear.

After the Las Vegas stop, the bus was scheduled to go on to Oxnard, California for the team's training camp. Members of the organization typically take a bus two weeks before the camp starts and make stops along the way.