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Wes Welker: 9.5 million reasons I won't miss games

The last time we heard from Patriots receiver Wes Welker, he made it sound like he was going to skip the team's mandatory June minicamp. Welker changed his tune on WEEI radio in Boston Monday, hinting that he may show up for the session.

He also made it clear that he wouldn't hold out into the regular season.

"There's $9.5 million reasons why I won't miss any regular season games," Welker said.

Nothing like a Kim Etheredge callback. Well done. 

Welker's agent may not love the receiver's honesty, but it hardly comes as a surprise. Welker's last contract averaged under $3 million-per-season. There's no way he would pass up the big salary associated with a franchise player. Welker hopes to get a long-term extension done, but he may sign his tender and show up to minicamp anyhow. 

"We're still kinda waiting. I'd really like to be there," Welker said.

It is safe to say Welker will be there well before the real games start. Even though he's unsigned, Welker is one of the only Patriots wideouts that safely knows he has a job.

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