By Matt Noonan
Earlier this week, various reports, as well as a Wes Welker tweet confirmed that the New England Patriots wide receiver had agreed to sign his franchise tender, which guarantees him a one-year deal worth $9.5 million. However, after the deal was finalized, sources confirmed that Welker and the Patriots have until July 15 to hash out a long term contract.
On Thursday, ProFootballTalk.com confirmed that the Patriots are offering Welker less than an original deal from the 2011 season, which was two-years, $16 million. Although, despite the various negotiations, Welker is determined to focus on football, and get ready for the upcoming 2012 season.
Josh Beckett pitched seven innings on Tuesday, and picked up his third win on the bump! (Photo Credit: Mass Live)
It’s “hump day,” which means this work week is slowly coming to an end. However, before the day gets too old, lets dish out some headlines and news.
* The Boston Red Sox earned their fifth consecutive win, and matched their April winning streak by defeating the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday afternoon, 5-0. Josh Beckett picked up his third win on the bump, while David Ortiz smacked his eighth home run of the season. Also, former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield was honored prior to Tuesday’s contest against the Mariners.
* Boston is now 17-19 overall, and will begin an eight game road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Tampa Bay for a two-game series.
* The Celtics will look to rebound on Wednesday evening, and capture Game No. 3 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston spent Tuesday in the film room prior to their flight to re-watch both matches against their semi-final opponent.
* New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker inked his name on a one-year franchise tender on Tuesday, while various reports confirmed that seventh-round draft pick Alfonzo Dennard will be arraigned May 30 for a third-degree felony assault of a police officer.
Wes Welker inked his name on his franchise tender on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated)
By Matt Noonan
Various reports confirmed on Tuesday that New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker signed his franchise tender.
Welker, who had expressed previously on the NFL Network that he was in no rush to sign his tender, will be under contract for one-year, and be guaranteed $9.515 million for the upcoming season.
However, if the Patriots and Welker wish to continue their current partnership beyond the 2012 campaign, they’ll need to negotiate a contract between now and July 15. If both sides don’t reach an agreement, the highly touted wide receiver will have to play with his current one-year deal.
New England has spent the past few weeks and months bolstering their receiving core by adding Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez and Donte Stallworth, but will certainly appreciate having their most reliable target back on the field.
Welker concluded the 2011 season with 122 receptions, and nine touchdowns.
Cody Ross smacked two long balls, which helped Boston snap their five-game losing streak in Monday! (Photo Credit: ESPN)
It’s Tuesday, which means this week is slowly motoring along. And while we anxiously await Game No. 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday, let’s jumpstart the day with some news, notes and headlines.
* Cody Ross hit two home runs, and Daniel Bard recorded his first win as a reliever, as Boston snapped their five-game skid and defeated the Minnesota Twins, 6-5.
* Against the Twins, Adrian Gonzalez recorded his 10th RBI, while Ross registered his 13th. Also, Alfredo Aceves earned his third save of the season.
* Boston and Minnesota will return to the diamond on Tuesday for an 8:10pm start — Josh Beckett opposes Nick Blackburn.
* The Boston Celtics will play their second to last regular season contests on Tuesday, too, as they welcome the Miami Heat to the TD Garden for an 8PM tip-off. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett may not play against the Heat, as head coach Doc Rivers indicated during Monday’s practice that both players may one of the remaining contests.
* Wes Welker apparently will be making a few appearances on various ESPN shows on Tuesday and will also be hosting a live online chat, too.
* Finally, the Boston Bruins seventh game of their quarterfinal series against Washington will begin at 7:30pm on Wednesday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning beat-up the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, 6-1! (Photo Credit: SB Nation)
Happy Wednesday to everyone! Let’s get the day started with some headlines and news from Boston and New England!
* The Boston Bruins trailed Tampa Bay by four goals after one period, and never recovered, as the Lightning beat-up the Black and Gold on Tuesday, 6-1. Jordan Caron netted the only goal for Boston, while Marty Turco and Tim Thomas combined for 11 saves between the pipes. Boston is currently 1-3 in their last four contests, and will attempt to end their three-game skid on Thursday when they face-off against Florida.
* Sources confirmed that the New England Patriots are working toward finalizing a deal with wide receiver Matthew Slater, which should be completed by Wednesday. Also, there is no news on Wes Welker‘s contract, but it’s possible that due to various free agent signings, he’ll be asking for a decent amount of money.
* The Boston Celtics will return to the hardwood on Wednesday evening when they tip-off against the Golden State Warriors. Boston is 1-1 on their current eight-game road swing, and have won three of their last five matches.
* UMass’ men’s basketball team earned a first round NIT victory against Mississippi State on Tuesday, 101-96 in double overtime. The Minutemen will return to the hardwood on Thursday when they take on Seton Hall.
* Finally, the Boston Red Sox picked up their seventh win in the Grapefruit League on Tuesday, as they defeated the New York Yankees, 1-0.