Every National Football League (NFL) off-season has NFL stars that are unhappy with their current contract situation or negotiations, we saw it last season with players like Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans and Frank Gore of the San Fransisco 49ers. Both teams wanted these players back and would go to whatever extremes needed to get them back. This year however, is a bit different with Drew Brees and Wes Welker both upset. The names are a little bigger and the players may even be more important.
For the New OrlÃ©ans Saints, a team now in shambles with the suspension of many players, the season long suspension of their head coach Sean Payton, their all-world QB Drew Brees is still unsigned and apparently very frustrated with their current contract negotiations. “What’s frustrating on my end is the lack of communication,” Brees said. “I know that we’ve reached out on quite a few occasions, and at times, I know I’ve been frustrated by the lack of response. I don’t think the negotiation should have been this difficult.” Drew Brees had an absolutely incredible season last year and deserves to be frustrated. Brees finished the season with a record-setting 5,476 yards and 46 TDs.
On to the New England Patriots and their most productive wide-receiver for the past few seasons Wes Welker. Welker has been a favorite target of all-time great QB Tom Brady. Finishing with 1,569 yards receiving second only to Calvin Johnson, Welker also had 9 TDs which was a career high. He has led the league in receptions three of the last five seasons. Welker feels that he has been cutting the Patriots breaks along the way not forcing the issue and just letting them make the decision. This strategy has gotten old though for the star wide-receiver. “If they see me out there at OTAs and minicamps and everything else, and I’m still out there winning and doing what I need to do to help the team win, you know what, the ball’s in their court to make something happen,” Welker told the Boston Herald. “That’s kind of my mindset, to go out and show them I deserve it.”
Welker did also say that if they can not come to terms before the season starts then he will play with the one-year 9.5 million dollar franchise tag this season. The same does not go for Brees as his deadline to resign is July 16 before he becomes eligible for free agency.