The New England Patriots have several options when it comes
to tackling their offseason, but one route could have them allowing Wes Welker
to walk and also parting ways with Brandon Lloyd, according to Greg A. Bedard
of The Boston Globe.
Bedard believes cutting ties with its veteran wide outs
represents the best option for the Patriots. Welker is set to become an unrestricted
free agent, so New England would simply have to not pursue him. When it comes
to Lloyd, they would have to decline his $3 million roster bonus, which would
result in him hitting the open market.
Lloyd caught 71 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns
last season, while Welker turned in another spectacular campaign; 118
receptions, 1,354 yards and six touchdowns.
However, both players will be 32 by the time next season
rolls around, and the Patriots have never shown a commitment to keep veterans,
especially wide receivers, around long-term.
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