Wes Welker won't talk contract on Dan Patrick Show


Wes Welker won't talk contract on Dan Patrick Show

Patriots receiver Wes Welker hopped on the Dan Patrick Show Monday morning. There was, of course, the requisite post-game dish on Dallas.

"They have a great defense," Welker said. "Those guys have a lot of speed, they run around to the ball. It seemed like every time you turned there was somebody right there, so it was tough. They've got a great pass rush and DeMarcus Ware he's a monster. We definitely had our hands full all day with their defense."

Sunday's 20-16 Patriots win was the first game in 14 New England put up fewer than 30 points. How does a team put Tom Brady's offense in a straightjacket? Blanketing Welker with double-coverage is a great way to start. The speedy receiver was limited to 45 yards on six catches, his lowest 2011 output since Week 2 (81 yards, 7 receptions).

Dallas' defense should be commended because Welker's productivity wasn't just slowed, it ground to a screeching halt. He set an NFL record for most receiving yards through the season's first five games with a staggering 740 yards on 45 catches. Heading into Week 6, he had strung together three straight 100-yard receiving games. His fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season is still in the making.

Brady -- future Hall of Famer -- hasn't been able to take the podium without patting this guy on the back.

The feeling is mutual for Welker. When describing the team's final offensive drive, the game-winner rifled off with two-minutes and 31 seconds on the clock, he colored in that classic Brady outline of ultimate competitor.

"He's always pretty intense. With him, he's always going to be after it, always going to be onto us, and always trying to drive us down the field to score touchdowns. So nothing really changes in his demeanor, whether it's the first drive or the last.

"He's always yelling at people. There at the end I think we were all kind of calm and collected, and making sure everybody's doing their job and winning on their plays, and making plays and moving down the field."

Does that make Welker confident enough in the QB to bet a game check on a must-score march?

"My game check? Yeah, sure. I'm like the 40th highest paid receiver in the league," he laughed.

Patrick rightfully perked up. Welker's steal of a contract expires at the end of this season and a big payday is due. Will he re-up with Brady and the Patriots? Will he dip a toe in the free agent waters? Either way, he'll rake in a deal far better than the current five-year, 18.1 million offer he's working under.

But the receiver stiff-armed the contract conversation.

"No, no. I'm just playing," he told Patrick, leaving that initial comment about game check rankings to hang humidly over the airways. "To tell you the truth, I have no idea where I rank. I have no idea. I'm just out there trying to help my team win games.I'll tell you the truth, I don't look at any of that stuff. I don't pay attention to it and you're not going to trap me. So I'm all good."

Another laugh ended the money talk.

Well, almost all of it. There was that Aaron Hernandez game-winning touchdown celebration to review. You know, the way Hernandez loves to... make it rain in the end zone. Welker didn't seem to mind one bit.

"It's kind of funny when you throw fake money in the air, I think," he joked. "He may have just turned 21, I'm not sure. I'm not sure where he learned that from."

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but . . . can I have your jersey?

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but . . . can I have your jersey?

Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster. 

Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh. 

The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad."


Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request. 

"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."

Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment. 

"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."

Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots


Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots

FOXBORO -- Seems as though the Bills don't quite have their stories straight. 

On the one hand, you have Bills players, who say that they won't hesitate to retaliate if a Patriots player gets near one of their pregame warmup drills, as Jacoby Brissett did in Week 4. 

On the other hand, you have the Bills coach, who sounded less eager for there to be any kind of scrap before this weekend's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

"No, I mean with us, just go out and warm up," Ryan said in a conference call Wednesday. "That’s what you do, but any of the extracurricular things, you know, there’s absolutely zero focus on that, and shouldn’t be any focus on that. It’s just about playing games.

"I mean if people want to show how tough they are, put the boxing gloves on and get in the ring or something. That might be more impressive -- I don’t want Gronk by the way.

"But I definitely don’t want to see that happen, and our focus is 100 percent on the game and doing the very best we possibly can."

It's an interesting comment from a coach who has made it very clear that he wanted to build a "bully" in Buffalo. His team shut out the Patriots after trying to intimidate New England's rookie quarterback before the game. Did his team not benefit somehow from what occurred before kickoff that day?

He doesn't think so.

"It had nothing to do with our team . . . Absolutely nothing," he said. "You know, those things happen every now and then but it was no big deal. It did absolutely nothing for us."