Posted March 06, 2013

Report: Wes Welker to test free agency

NFL

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker will not re-sign with the team until he has tested his value on the free-agent market, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter.

The move is not all that surprising. It’s been unclear whether New England intended to re-sign Welker, Tom Brady’s favorite target over the past six seasons.

Early in the 2012 season, the Patriots slotted Julian Edelman into Welker’s spot. Welker started only one of the first four games, and his stats dropped. Some saw the move as a sign the Patriots didn’t plan to bring back the veteran receiver.

But Welker eventually regained his role and put up strong numbers. Still, the Boston Globe reports Welker has “mild disdain” for the Patriots because of the way he was treated.

It seems unlikely that either party would benefit from a split. Welker has thrived playing with Brady, and New England’s offense benefits from Welker’s ability out of the slot.

Welker led the NFL in receptions in three of his six years in New England and tallied more than 110 catches all but once. Last season, he finished with 118 catches for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns.

Free agency starts March 12.


3 comments
gary41
gary41

The coaching staff tried to play Edelman in place of Welker last year, but Welker proved on the field to be the better receiver.  All of these line up problems came as Welker refused the Patriots initial offer of a contract extension.  There are obviously deep differences of opinion and bad feelings, so it could be Welker is now seeking a measure of respect.  Obviously Tom Brady made concessions to heal the rift, but the Patriots are going to have to do more.   

Footballboater
Footballboater

In todays Boston papers

"

Wes Welker wants to finish his career catching passes from Tom Brady. He wants to be in an offense that’s perfectly suited to his game. He wants to secure his final contract in a place where he’s comfortable and has established his life and legacy.

Welker has made no secret of those wishes. He’s pretty much been an open book when it comes to his desire to remain with the Patriots. And that is the ultimate endgame for both sides. The Pats would like to lock him up, as well."

 

Now where is all this BS coming from he doens't want to play for NE????  Please what a lame butt story

Footballboater
Footballboater

your kidding right?? A mild distain for a team that took him from a celler dweller to a contender ,and most likly put him in position for the HOF?  Cut the crap....Wes is not like this at all. He is a true blue, blue collar, football player. Talk like this is head line generating. that is all and nothing more.