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Enough with the reports of Wes Welker staying or going. It's all speculation and conflicting. Here is the deal if Patriots fans really want to know what’s going to happen. The New England Patriots' stick has been in the sand for over a year now, and they're not going to move it. $8 million was the number last year, and that’s what it is this year. Bill Belichick doesn’t pay for depreciation a year removed. Welker was a time valued entity when the team franchised him in 2012, thus making his value depreciate in 2013. Welker’s thinking is flawed if he thinks he’s going to draw another offer and the Patriots will match it. In 2006, receiver David Givens had a deal with the Houston Texans for $17 million, the same number that the Patriots had, and it looked as if Givens would return to Foxboro. However, Tennessee jumped in and offered $24 million. It was bye bye time for Givens. Once Welker draws an offer more than the Patriots, he’s gone, because he would have taken the Patriots offer in the first place. Furthermore, when Welker does hit the market, the Patriots will withdraw the offer on the table and reduce it. So if Welker comes back, it’s because he couldn’t get more than what the Patriots offered, but remember the new offer will be less, meaning the market doesn’t see Welker’s value as much as the Patriots. Either way, Welker is gone like the wind. Forget Tom Brady’s restructuring, it has nothing to do with Welker, that’s not how the Patriots operate. Welker played hardball a year too late if he wanted to stay in New England. However, if Welker is in a Patriots uniform come fall, Belichick played his cards right, and Wes waited one year too long. var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});

Report: Patriots, Welker close to a deal

According to Dov Kleiman of Rant Sports, the New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker are close to finalizing a contract extension. #Patriots are reportedly close to a long-term deal with WR Wes Welker who played under the 1-year, $9.515M franchise tag contract last year. — Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) March 5, 2013 We mentioned earlier today that Welker has some disdain...

Report: Welker will test free-agent market

The New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker were reportedly close to an agreement on a long-term deal earlier in the week, but that doesn't appear likely. On Wednesday morning, Adam 

Julian Edelman contract situation

In the next week, Julian Edelman is set to hit the open market. I've always been a big fan of Edelman, saying before the 2012 season he should be the Wes Welker replacement. Even though he played a shortened season due to injury, it should be considered his breakout year. He had 21 catches, 235 yards, and 3 TD's and though not flashy, if you watched this guy live, you would...

Wes Welker reportedly has a feeling of disdain towards the Patriots

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, Wes Welker has a feeling disdain towards  the New England Patriots after how offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels treated him during last year’s season-opener. What’s important to consider is Welker’s somewhat mild disdain for the Patriots right now, according to a source close to the player. Welker apparently is a little miffed at...

Welker to Test Free Agent Market

After I hastily reported yesterday that Wes Welker was closing in on a long-term deal to return to New England, Adam Schefter reported today that the Patriots receiver will instead test the free agent market before agreeing to any deal with the team he has averaged 112 catches for over the past 6 seasons. This is somewhat surprising news as Welker would be hard pressed to find a...

Five Free Agents the Patriots WON'T sign

NFL free agency begins officially on the 12th March (next Tuesday), but it effectively starts on Saturday, when “legal tampering” can start. And the New England Patriots, despite reaching the AFC Chamionship game two years running, will have to be fairly active if they want to take the next step. And fans are pretty expectant after Tom Brady’s recent contract extension that...

Vote: Will Wes Welker Play for the Patriots Next Season?

Wes Welker‘s on-again, off-again relationship with the New England Patriots is entering what could be its final few days. After six years, 672 receptions and 81 victories, including the postseason of course, this seemingly perfect pairing may be headed for a mutual parting of the ways. Welker wants to be paid like one of the NFL’s best receivers, which he has proven to be over...

Sports Media Musings: Conflicting Welker Reports, NBC 1510 & Bob Ryan, Thoughts on Olbermann/ESPN Reunion And More!

GET INVOLVED, GUYS: Due to popular demand, I’ll be running a Media Musings Mailbag soon. To contribute to the fun and games, either shoot me an email at, hit me up on Twitter @Hadfield__, or leave a response in the comments section of any one of my columns. ********************* Lots of media notes to get to today, but before we do it appears Wes Welker...

Who can design the new PatsProp tee??

We’re looking for a preferably Patriots-knowledgeable designer to work with on a new 2013...

Patriots Interested in Danny Amendola

According to multiple reports the Patriots will be interested in Danny Amendola from the Rams when it comes time for the “Legal Tampering Period” (as if they haven’t already started). Amendola will most likely be a target if the Patriots lose out in the Wes Welker drama. If they try and stick Amendola in to replace Welker I say poop, garbage, no, bad and why. Amendola certainly...

Wes Welker to Test Free Agency

Can't blame him...

Ed Reed would have won two Super Bowls for the Patriots

Hey Ed Reed: Stop teasing us Patriots fans. You know everyone wants you to come here and shore up our porous secondary. But quit with the back and fourth. First prior to the Super Bowl you said you basically wanted to have babies with Bill Belichick, statements you have since backpedaled on, stating that you intend to remain a Raven. If that didn't sting enough, you had to...
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