There's been a lot of "will they, won't they" talk regarding the Patriots and Wes Welker's contract status.
He's due for a contract of some kind, whether it's a franchise tag or a multi-year deal. If not, he'll hit free agency this season.
Ron Borges of the Boston Herald writes that Welker won't be getting tagged, and won't get a good offer either - and he has nobody to blame but himself:
While there is no replacement for Welker on the roster, that wont matter. Neither will the Patriots abysmal record of drafting wideouts. The Patriots are simply not going to put an 11.4 million franchise tag on Welker, someone with intimate knowledge of the teams thinking said. Nor is he going to get an offer better than the one he turned down in 2011.
Borges goes on to say that if Welker wanted a deal, he should have taken the same approach that guys like Richard Seymour, Logan Mankins, and Deion Branch took holding out.
Welker didn't do that, and it will be he who pays the price.
It's been well-established that Bill Belichick has a strong affinity for the sport of lacrosse. That the NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse Final Fours are taking place at Gillette Stadium this weekend means that the Patriots head coach has an opportunity to be around the highest level of college competition the sport has to offer.
And he's taking full advantage.
Not only did he meet with and speak to the Boston College women's team on Thursday, he's also met with the Ohio State men's team, and he took a few minutes to speak to all eight finalists at the Division I lacrosse banquet on Thursday night before the weekend of play got underway.
"I know that for us, fortunately, we've been to a lot of these games, and we've come out on the good side on some and not on the good side on others," Belichick said. "But just the experience, the competition of playing at this level and playing against this type of competition for what's at stake this weekend, it's just an awesome experience for you and your families."
Belichick explained that he had seen all eight teams play at one point or another this year, and he sounded like a fan of them all as he closed his remarks.
"It's really exciting to watch," he said. "You guys play with a lot of class, a lot of heart, a lot of toughness, and that's what I admire. Hopefully, we can play like that this coming year."