Wes Welker will wear a Patriots uniform this season. Beyond that, though, things are a bit unclear, even though both sides would love to come to an agreement.
Welker said during an appearance on ESPN's SportsCenter on Tuesday that contract talks are on hold for the time being, as New England has shifted its focus since placing the franchise tag on him earlier this offseason.
"Obviously we're looking for a long-term deal, and I think with the body of work that I've showed over the past five years that kind of warrants that," Welker said. "And, you know, hopefully we get to that point and get something done, and cooler heads prevail, and we're able to make something happen."
Welker said he understands that Bill Belichick and Co. are focused on other things right now, and that "it's fine" that he's not the center of attention. The veteran wideout even called the Patriots "a perfect fit," while saying he hopes the team holds him in the same regard.
"I'm sure with the draft and everything else, there's a lot of other things that kind of take place. And you know how coach Belichick works… right now he's in draft mode," Welker said. "And I'm sure after the draft, you know, hopefully we're able to come together and hopefully figure something out."
Welker caught an NFL-best 122 catches last season, marking the third time in the last five years that he's led the league in that category.
Check out more from Welker in the video below, courtesy of ESPN.com.