Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 12/17/11
Jerod Mayo, the New England Patriots star middle linebacker is now destined to be a Patriot after they signed him to a five-year deal, which he certainly deserves. He is a tackle machine, totaling almost 200 tackles last year. This year he does not have as many tackles, but he has developed a much more rounded game that includes two interceptions and a forced fumble. The question then becomes what happens to Welker? The leading receiver in the NFL is due to become a free agent at the end of the season. With this extension to Mayo, the Patriots have seemingly signaled that they are not going to sign Welker to an extension, or that Welker is looking for more than the Kraft family is willing to give. Either way, it seems that Welker will become a free agent. The question now becomes how will he behave? With the knowledge that one of his fellow players has gotten an extension that many argue Welker should have received too, will Welker still play hard, knowing that any injury could truly hurt his chances in the off-season. Some will argue that most of Welker’s phenomenal stats are produced by the system in [...]
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