Patriots receiver Wes Welker is determined to test the free agent market next week and will not commit to re-signing with the Patriots before weighing other offers, ESPN reported on Wednesday.
Welker is set to become a free agent on Tuesday, although other teams can begin negotiating on Saturday.
The receiver had 118 receptions for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns in 2012, and he averaged 11.5 yards per catch. He has spent the last six seasons in New England, and made $9.5 million last season after the Patriots used the franchise tag to lock him into a one-year deal.
According to a Yahoo! Sports report Tuesday, Welker still has “mild disdain” for the Patriots because his role appeared to be reduced at the start of last season. He also expressed disappointment over contract negotiations before last season.
Globe NFL reporter Greg A. Bedard reported on Monday that he expects the Patriots and Welker to come to an agreement.