Last week, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported that there's "almost zero chance" Wes Welker holds out from the New England Patriots offseason workouts. Welker was issued the franchise tag by the Patriots which had led some to wonder whether he'll skip the workouts in protest of his contract.
Welker has now talked publicly about his situation and tells NFL Network's Albert Breer that he isn't sure yet if he'll attend the Patriots offseason workouts.
"I don't know," Welker said. "I'm not quite sure yet. We'll have to wait and see how things go. But to tell you the truth, I really haven't made up my mind yet."
The Patriots can start their offseason program on April 16. The only leverage Welker has right now is to hold out in the hopes that it puts more pressure on the Patriots to do a new deal. In my opinion, holding out wouldn't be a bad move for him. There's also the risk of injury before he signs a new deal, which could cost him a lot of money down the line. He's a veteran and missing a portion of offseason workouts wouldn't be a major blow to New England's chances in 2012. The two sides have until July 15 to get a new deal done or else Welker will play the 2012 season under the franchise tag.