Five players that can help Wes Welker with his contract dispute.
Everything that Wes Welker says and does lately seems to be the wrong thing. Before he makes another move, he needs to make some phone calls to these five guys that have come out on the other side of a contract dispute with the Patriots
#5 Deion Branch
If anybody knows how Welker feels right now it’s Branch. Branch was Tom Brady’s original BFF and he too felt that the Patriots offense would struggle without their star wide receiver.
In Branch’s case he was coming off a record-breaking Super Bowl performance as the game’s MVP in 2005.
In Welker’s case he’s coming off a Super Bowl performance of his own, one that included a dropped pass that could have put the game away for the Patriots. He was publicly voted LVP by Tom Brady’s wife.
Branch was in the prime of his career at 26 years-old when he went to war with the Patriots over the contract extension that they offered him which had a total value of $18.45 million dollars over three years.
In Welker’s case he’s entering the third and perhaps final act of his career at 30-years-old and has suffered a dual MCL/ACL injury.
For Branch he and his team asked for permission to seek a trade, they got it, craziness ensued and Branch was traded to Seattle Seahawks for a first round pick in the 2007 draft.
Branch did end up getting his multi-year big money contract extension for $39 million dollars and his departure made way for the entrance of “The Freak” Randy Moss.
So far Welker only has a $9.5 million dollar franchise tag to hold on to as speculation swirls that this will probably his last year as a Patriot.
Although Branch is back to practicing the “Patriot Way,” at his age, its doubtful that Welker has time to leave and come back. Besides for the bulk of his time in the Pacific Northwest, Branch did not have the temptation of taking to Twitter to air out his grievances.