Would Wes Welker be as productive outside of New England?
The news surfaced Monday reporting that the New England Patriots are going to decline using the franchise tag on pending free agent Wes Welker and even though the shifty slot receiver has been called the heart and soul of the team, the decision not to franchise him is the right one.
The Patriots slapped the tag on Welker last offseason and he played the 2012 NFL season under it and earned a hefty $9.5 million. Yet, if the team were to place the tag on Welker again this offseason, the price tag would be over $11 million, which is a lot for a slot receiver in his 30′s.
Despite the uncertainty of his contract situation, Welker had another outstanding season in New England, hauling in 118 receptions for 1,354 and six touchdowns. But despite this tremendous production, the Patriots have to let the market for Welker play out.
Some have opined that because the Patriots are not placing the tag on Welker, he will not be back in New E...