Welker's wife posts dig at Ray Lewis

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Welker's wife posts dig at Ray Lewis

Last year it was Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, who made headlines after she was caught on camera responding to hecklers about her husband after the Super Bowl.

This year, it's Brady's wide receiver, Wes Welker, whose wife made the news.

Anna Burns Welker turned to Facebook shortly after the Ravens beat the Patriots on Wednesday, and took a few shots at Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

She posted:

"Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis' Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay! What a hall of fame player! A true role model!"

Ouch. That is some Grade-A, high-quality sarcasm from Mrs. Welker.

On Monday, though, she apologized.

"I'm deeply sorry for my recent post on Facebook. I let the competitiveness of the game and the comments people were making about a team I dearly love get the best of me. My actions were emotional and irrational and I sincerely apologize to Ray Lewis and anyone affected by my comment after yesterday's game.

"It is such an accomplishment for any team to make it to the NFL playoffs, and the momentary frustration I felt should not overshadow the accomplishments of both of these amazing teams."

Riiiiiiight. . .

The apology isn't a shock, as the post caught fire before Welker is set to hit free agency, but it would have been refreshing if instead she came out on Monday and told everybody how she wasn't sorry at all.

They'll be plenty of other people praising Ray Lewis for the next two weeks.

Report: Butler expected to be at OTAs this week

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Report: Butler expected to be at OTAs this week

When Patriots corner Malcolm Butler wasn't on the field for last Thursday's OTA, it sparked questions as to whether or not he might be holding out for a new contract. Voted into the Pro Bowl last season, Butler is scheduled to make $600,000 in base salary in 2016 -- well under market value for a player of his caliber. 

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reported over the weekend that Butler has told those close to him that he has plans to push for a contract adjustment this offseason.

Might that push include a holdout? It's unclear, but on Tuesday Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported that Butler is expected to be in attendance for Patriots OTAs this week. Howe went on to note that he was given "a strong indication" that Butler's absence last week was not related to his contract.

The Patriots will hold two more volunatry OTA sessions on Wednesday and Thursday that will be closed to the media. The team held three such sessions last week, with Thursday's as the lone practice open to reporters. Mandatory minicamp will be held from June 7-9. 

If Butler shows up to remaining OTAs and through minicamp, then it will be an indication that he's chosen not to attempt to gain leverage in negotiations by withholding his services. Yet at the same time, his presence on the field won't necessarily mean that he's be satisfied to continue playing under the deal that he has thoroughly outperformed through his first two professional seasons.