Report: Patriots won't put franchise tag on Welker


Report: Patriots won't put franchise tag on Welker

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.

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Martellus Bennett is as good at Twitter as he is at football. Add to that the fact that all eyes are on whether the free agent will stay in New England and the @MartysaurusRex account becomes a must-follow. 

On Wednesday, Bennett put his powers to good use and shared a glimpse into his line of thinking regarding free agency.

Bennett, who could very well leave the Pats for more money, responded to a criticism of his desire to get paid and followed it with several more musings. 

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Bill Belichick, identified as "William Belichick," has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.

Per the Herald, the new list of potential witnesses for the defense also includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was Hernandez's teammate at the University of Florida. 

Belichick, McDaniels and Pouncey aren't guaranteed to testify, but their presence on the civilian witness list makes their presence in court a possibility. 

Hernandez's trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday. He's accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado back in July of 2012. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder Odin Lloyd in 2013.