All the teams that were salivating over free agent Wes Welker and Patriot fans that were worried we could lose a valuable piece of this prolific offense, hold your horses; a deal with the Patriots and Welker could be in the works.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer have been hearing rumblings that a long-term deal between the Patriots and Welker is still a distinct possibility. The deal could potentially reach 5-years and a reported 8 million dollars per year. This deal could all happen before the start of free agency in two weeks and before franchise tags are due in one week. For all of us that like Welker, this is a promising report coming from very reputable sources.

In earlier articles, I placed less importance on Welker because I believe you can get that production elsewhere, but if I can get Welker at 8 million a year as opposed to 11 then I am all for it; I by no means am a Welker hater. Welker is a proven commodity that year after year turns in MVP type numbers and is on the field a majority of the time.

Welker has great ability that could allow him to be effective even at an advanced age and on top of that is a great presence in the locker room. With only a few years left to make a run with Brady, the dynamic of this offense could stay untouched if they resign one of the greatest slot receivers of all-time, Welker.

It seems that Welker will be the first chip to fall on the Patriots free agent class and what happens with Welker could shape the rest of the Patriots offseason, including draft picks and financial flexibility for other additions to the team. Welker has been Brady’s top target the past two seasons and is, at times, the Patriots most effective offensive weapon. The Patriots are one of the few teams that have money to spend and could really bulk up for another dynasty run over the next few years.

Josh Brown

Joshua Brown 2/25/2013 02:39:00 PM Edit

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