Wes Welker: New England Patriots WR Reportedly Doesn't Show for Workout

Pranav TadikondaCorrespondent IApril 17, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball against the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Adam Schefter has reported via Twitter that unsigned receiver Wes Welker did not show up for voluntary activities.

It was clear that Welker was disgruntled about the fact that little progress had been made on a long-term deal with the New England Patriots. Welker was handed the franchise tag last month, as he and the Patriots couldn't agree on a deal before the deadline. Welker hasn't signed his tender, nor has any progress been made on a deal. 

In a report from the Boston Herald, Welker said the following about whether he would report to the workout:

Still looking to try and decide on that. I'm in no rush and we'll figure it out. Me and my agent, we're all on the same page with everything. Just looking to move forward and looking forward to the 2012 season.

Signed players are expected to take part in activities, although it is not mandatory. 

This is just a way for Welker to silently publicize his displeasure with his contract status. Whether or not he signs his tender remains to be seen. 

If the Patriots want a guarantee that Welker will report to training camp in June, they should work hard to re-sign him. If he is still unsigned come time for training camp, Welker is not required to participate. The Patriots will have up until the middle of July to re-sign Welker.

Hopefully the Patriots and Welker can smooth out this wrinkle so that Welker can go back to wreaking havoc on the field.