Jermaine Wiggins joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger and Mazz on Tuesday to discuss the Patriots applying their franchise tag to Wes Welker and the possibility of both parties inking long-term deal.
Could Welker possibly hold out in an effort to earn a long-term contract?
“To not get him signed is just a bad look, in my opinion, for the organization and players in that locker room,” said Wiggins. “When you look at Wes Welker what he means to this team on the field and off the field, he’s the model citizen; he’s the guy you want to say ‘follow this guy, learn from what he does’ when you talk to young wide receivers.”
“If I’m advising him, you hold out,” said Wiggins.”You take this thing to the wall if they’re not going to treat you the way you deserve to be treated, the only leverage you have here is to hold out and force their hand.”
Welker would love to remain on the Patriots, tweeting out on Monday that he is happy to be on the team this year and hopes to be with the organization for the foreseeable future.
“To me, that’s the thing that is going to hurt him,” said Wiggins. “In order to get paid or really be somebody, you have to ruffle some feathers.”
“It does him no good to be a good soldier,” said Massarotti. “You’re better off being the jerk, from a business stand-point.”
“The fact that he is trying to do the right thing, and he believes in doing the right thing, it works against him,” added Mazz.
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“If he is the guy that says, ‘you know what I’m not doing this; I’m holding out, not going to sign (the offer),’ I guarantee they’ll get the pen to paper a little quicker,” said Wiggins.
Plus, why do the Patriots continue to let contract negotiations get to this point?