We've heard an awful lot of back and forth on this. Mainly it's been that Welker was mad that the Patriots "disrespected" him early in the season when they reduced his role. We also heard that he wanted to test free-agency. For the Patriots part, Robert Kraft's made it clear that he is all about Welker retiring as a Patriot.
Of course, the whole time we've thought that some offers were going back and forth and the two just couldn't come up with a deal. A lot of that was due to a couple reports saying that the two sides were "closing in on a deal". Now Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (formerly the Boston Herald Patriots beat reporter) is saying that the Patriots have yet to even make an offer...
You guys won't believe this: I said Wes Welker was waiting for the Patriots last offer. Received a correction: Actually their 1st offer
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2013
This whole thing has just been a huge headache. When the Patriots make what is apparently their first offer, it better be good enough to lock Welker up. Right now they've got less than four hours before any team can come in and make some offers. Teams like the Colts, Broncos, Eagles, etc. are all sure to want his services.
Here's a recap of the Welker drama.
NFL.com Reports Welker Will Ultimately Stay
Does Welker want to 'stick it' to the Patriots?
Pride and Prejudice: Why the Pats need Wes Welker
If Wes Welker is not a Patriot Next Year, Both Sides Lose
How Could Bowe and Hartline Deal Effect Welker Deal
Welker to test free agent market
Wes Welker Has "Mild Disdain" for the Patriots
Welker Contract "Progress has Been Made"
Wes Welker should thank Tom Brady
Wes Welker to Stay a Patriot? 5 Years/40 Mil
Asante Samuel tells Welker to chase the money
Pats won't tag Welker
Randy Moss and Michael Irvin think Wes Welker should stay a Patriot
Is Wes Welker the Patriots top priority? Matt Light thinks he should be