One day later, Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, is reporting that the Patriots were not too fond of Welker's comments.
According to a team source, Welker's decision to go public in recent weeks about negotiations has not gone over well with the Patriots; two weeks ago, when he made appearances on various ESPN programs, he made reference to holding out at least through full-team minicamp next month. His words have only increased the chances that 2012 will be his final season with the team.
The Patriots have a history of cutting ties with players at the perfect time. Between the contract talks and the subtle jabs at Rex Ryan publicly, last season – which the Pats were supposedly not pleased with – could be the writing on the wall for Welker's departure.