Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 11/18/14
It seems like Wes Welker was always Patriot, especially to younger fans, but the fact of the matter is he only played 6 seasons for the Patriots. Fans seem to have forgotten about Welker's arrival to Beantown, but Bill Barnwell of Grantland has not, as evidenced by this article. He makes many interesting points in this article, but two really stand out in helping to ease the pain for Pats fans wondering how anything positive could come out of the Patriots' free agency decisions this year. First there's this: Belichick treats second-round picks like they're manna from heaven, and he dealt a second-rounder and a seventh-rounder to the Dolphins to acquire Welker. Don't look back at that decision with what we know about Welker now; look back at it with what we knew about Welker at the time. He was hardly a sure thing; he was a receiver perceived to be a situational player with limited upside... Belichick didn't sign Welker for what he was. Belichick signed Welker for what he thought W...
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