Welker set to opt against testing free agency market.
According to SI.com’s Peter King, Wes Welker is “widely believed” to be staying with the New England Patriots.
With the NFL free agency market set to open on Tuesday, initial reports had suggested that Welker had no plans to re-sign with New England without at least testing the interest out there.
As reported by Yahoo! Sports, there were reports of rumblings between the two parties, as the wide receiver angled for a switch away from the franchise following speculation he wasn’t happy that he had the franchise tag put on him last year.
It was also reported that he held “mild disdain” against the Pats after how he perceived he was treated after being benched last September.
This led to rumours suggesting New England were searching for options in the event he did leave, with St. Louis Rams’ Danny Amendola a front-runner.
However, although there is no news on the 31-year-old signing a new deal with the Patriots, it is now expected he will return with them next season.
Many see this as the right decision for Welker, considering there is arguably no NFL offense better suited to his talents than that of New England.
Quarterback Tom Brady has echoed those thoughts in recent weeks, but with the free agency market on the horizon and no tangible agreement in sight, there is still room for the situation to change.