On Tuesday, the 30-year-old wideout told Adam Jones of ESPN Boston Radio, "I'm thinking I'm probably not going to (attend mandatory workouts), but things could change."
Welker likely feels that he deserves a long-term deal prior to participating in team-sponsored events.
In response to Welker's comments, McGinest, now an analyst for the NFL Network, stated on Total Access: "I just don't like the diva attitude."
The former Patriots linebacker/defensive end went on to address Welker directly, stating:
Look Wes, it's time to take off the leopard-printed cowboy boots...and get back to work...If you know anything about New England, understand that you're expendable. Unless you're Bill Belichick or Tom Brady, you're expendable.
Welker then took to the Internet, firing back on Twitter:
Classy of Welker to leave out comments about McGinest's attire. But he's exactly right. Has McGinest completely forgotten what it was like to be a player since he started working for the league?
The fourth overall pick of the 1994 draft, McGinest was close to being a bust at the time of Belichick's arrival. He had his career resurrected by the three-time Super Bowl-winning coach. So, it's understandable the loyalty he is showing to his former boss. But calling Welker a diva for half-heartedly wondering if he'll miss a mandatory workout? McGinest should probably think about his not-too-distant past before he speaks on the subject again.
And Welker himself hit the nail on the head. If Welker is a diva, then McGinest should look in the mirror for jumping ship to Cleveland in March of 2006—a move he made for the money, which is exactly what Welker is currently looking for.