Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 3/8/13
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With blockbuster deals for both Hartline and Bowe, how does that affect what Welker’s market is? It seems this year, more than any, the money players are asking for and receiving are higher than normal. This means that the discounted market the Patriots were hoping for and counting on just might not be what they thought. The Patriots have been "CAP smart" throughout the years, even when the CAP didn’t seem to be important or worth following, but this year they believed the CAP would matter and it would make them be able to sign a bunch of good players at lower prices. It’s still way too early to tell, but it seems like big money deals are happening already. Dwayne Bowe may have been on the Patriots radar if he ever hit the market, but he didn’t, racking up a deal worth 56 million dollars for five years. Bowe is a different kind of receiver than Welker because he can stretch the field and he’s big; those receivers usually warrant more money than small slot guys. Of course only 26...
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