Originally posted on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 5/17/12

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots looks on against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots have been known to be shrewd in their dealings with players. They are not shy to let greats go when they have determined they are done with them. Yet, in the case of the Wes Welker contract negotiations they are going the wrong way.

Wes Welker is not just another wide receiver. He is the go-to-guy on one of the most explosive offenses the NFL has ever seen. When conversations are brought up about best wide receivers, every conversation should include Welker. He has led the NFL in receptions 3 times, including 2011. He had a career high in receiving yards in 2011, also tops in the NFL! Welker has had three consecutive seasons of over 110 receptions (07-09), no one else in the history of the game has even had 3 of these seasons.

Welker is also durable,even at a program 5’9″ 180lbs. He has played at least 14 games a season since entering the league in 2004. He is poised to pass Troy Brown as the all-time leader in receptions for the Patriots, in less than half the games! He has literally caught at least 1 pass in every game he has played as a Patriot. The Patriots front office and Bill Belichick are often swooned over as genius’ but when does 2004 seem like a long time ago? I love what they do and the class the team plays with but sometimes you have to admit a player is a really important piece. The teams stance on the contract talks with Welker are becoming ridiculous. The 31 year old has at least 3 years of amazing speed left, barring injury, and should be considered a valuable asset.

The Patriots front office need to step up and give Welker the 3 year contract he deserves and a guarantee that is worthy for the leagues leading receiver since 2007. Plus, he will be bringing this to team functions!

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