New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spent time with teammate Wes Welker last weekend at the Kentucky Derby. Between the schmoozing and excitement of horse racing, Brady should have given his top receiver a subtle message and said, "Buddy, it's time to get back to work."
There is one thing for certain about the Patriots: You do not fight the machine.
Welker is facing an uphill battle he cannot win. Many have tried before him and failed. Welker is not the exception.
Welker has yet to sign his franchise tender and hasn't decided how long he's going to protest New England's one-year, $9.5 million offer. The potential distraction has been held to a minimum thus far, but it would only grow stronger if Welker continued to skip New England's offseason program.
The Patriots' mandatory minicamp is scheduled for June 12. The best advice is for Welker...