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Will this duo be back together?
Today at 4 p.m. marks the official start to the NFL Free Agent signing period. There are some big names that many experts expect to change teams such as former Ram Steven Jackson, former Steeler Mike Wallace, and possibly (former) Patriot Wes Welker.
I don't truly care where Jackson and Wallace end up because it neither one has any effect on the Patriots. Jackson is a running back that will turn 30 in July, which is a bad omen for any running back. Wallace and his agent have reportedly told teams that he expects to make somewhere close to $13 million per year, a number that is absurd.
Welker is the only name that I care about from those three. The 5'9" slot receiver deserves to get a big contract because he is so productive and looks as though he would be able to continue at his current level for at least the next three seasons. How big of a contract he will command is the only question. Welker should be paid somewhere close to $10 million per season, and for three years, I would guess the Patriots would be fine with that or at least they should be. It's always hard to tell what Bill Belichick is thinking. We all now know that Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants Welker to be a "Patriot for life" but will the two sides come together?
How do I see this playing out? In my fan's heart, Welker will get a decent payday and return to the Patriots. In my cynical, everyone likes more money brain, Welker could be tempted to take the big money from another team such as Denver or Indianapolis. Think about that. Two AFC rivals, one with Peyton Manning and the other with Andrew Luck, both vying for Welker. The Patriots have trouble covering most players, but they will get torched by Welker and either quarterback. Welker and the Patriots SHOULD come to their senses and work out a deal.
If a deal with the Patriots does not work then the Patriots, not Welker, will feel that wrath of the fan base and media. The good thing is that unlike the Red Sox, the Patriots will not care and will not make a move to "save face." I implore them to sign a cheaper option and throw some money at the defense. Sign Aqib Talib and one of the safeties that is out there. Then, try to get Sebastian Vollmer under contract. Luckily, the cornerback and tackle markets have been flooded with players which will hopefully keep the costs down, helping the Patriots afford both of them.
All in all, Welker is a great Patriot that deserves to get paid well wherever he plays and for my (nonexistent) money it should be the Patriots that sign his checks.
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This is certainly a nice twist. According to multiple reports, New England Patriots free agent wide recevier Wes Welker may be close to accepting a deal from the Denver Broncos, and becoming a target for the chief rival of the Patriots over the years, Peyton Manning. Filed to ESPN: Broncos in serious talks, trying to hammer out an agreement with Patriots WR Wes Welker. Decision expected...
The war of words continues when it pertains to Wes Welker and his destiny this offseason. Reports surfaced yesterday from Miami that Welker would not mind “sticking it to the Patriots” if they didn’t give him the kind of deal he wants. Today however, the other side of the coin is flipped, once again, and has NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling saying that Welker will most likely stick...
As the dawn of the second day of NFL free agency begins, it becomes clear that either New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has a tendency not to mean what he says or something went very wrong.
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It was reported yesterday that the New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker have ended their contract talks with both sides unable to come to an agreement on a new deal.
According to the Boston Herald, it’s not just that both sides aren’t talking anymore, but they’re weren’t even close to getting a deal done,despite reports leading up to the start of free agency...
Free agent wide receiver Wes Welker and the New England Patriots reportedly seem to be on two different pages when it comes to his value as a free agent. At 32, Wes Welker has thrived as a slot receiver in New England, totaling over 100 receptions 5 out of the last 6 seasons. But, at 5’9 and on the downside of his career when you historically look at receivers in their 30′s...
Wes Welker may be the most fortunate wide receiver in the NFL. He spent six seasons in New England with Tom Brady, one of the top quarterbacks in recent history, and now he's heading to Denver to join Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
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This one was a shocker. I saw Welker ending up back in New England.
There might have been other factors at play, but on Wednesday, the New England Patriots essentially decided that they'd rather have Danny Amendola on their roster than Wes Welker. The deal Amendola signed with New England pays him a higher annual salary than the one Welker inked with the Denver Broncos, and is nearly as valuable when it comes to guaranteed money.
Patriots Owner Robert Kraft made his feelings about wide receiver Wes Welker known Monday, telling ESPN, “I hope he remains a Patriot for life, just like Tom Brady.”
Despite those warm and fuzzy feelings, Welker is currently a free agent. With 118 receptions and six touchdowns during the 2012 regular season, Welker made a solid contribution to the Pats’ offense. According to...
Wes Welker has agreed to terms with Denver Broncos.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2013
John Elway may be the Broncos top executive, but Peyton Manning is the teams general, and with that Elway consulted with and made sure Manning was on board before going all in on Wes Welker according to the Denver Post.
“I asked Peyton about it yesterday to make sure he was on board,’’ Elway said.
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On the heels of a report that Wes Welker was considering leaving New England after they low balled him on their offer, enters Bill Simmons. The rumor mill continues.
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