This has probably been dicussed over and over already but I personally didnt want to bring it up until after the season was over in order to better evaluate the situation. Wes has been his normal, durable, play making self this year and also has endured another year of hits and age to his body. One thing I did notice is a high amount of drops this year on rather routine catches and im not sure what the reason is. I mean everyone drops balls, but he had too many routine drops if im the Pats GM to consider giving him a boatload of money at his age. Not that he isnt still valuble or needed here but you have to consider upgrading in Bradys final years. Say what you want, but Wes doesnt have any hardware and last year he proved that he isnt really a # 1, go to in the clutch WR because he has weaknesses that cant be overcome. lack of Height and Speed. those are pretty important assets for outside WR's
Sooo, While I would love for him to stay, we need to upgrade because Lloyd can only do so much and we have no other young, promising WRs in our stable like we used to. Edleman is a question mark every week and I would like to see him retained if he comes back on a one year, 1 mill/deal. anything over that is too risky IMO
Greg Jennings is gonna be a free agent but also looking to cash in more than his last contract where he averaged 6.74 mill/year. He may be too pricey for us.
Mike Wallace could be an option but I dont think he is a great fit here where they emphasise route running so much.
Dwayne Bowe is good but not great IMO and he is looking to be paid like one of the greats and dont know how good of a fit he would be.(marginal route runner, more of a moss type with downfield routes)
Danny Amendola's name has been mentioned as the heir apparent to Welker but he isnt as durable and dont know his pricetag but I wouldnt offer him more than 3 mill/year despite his productive season 2 years ago.
Bradys time is running short and we need to make a splash IMO to ensure Brady has a top flight Target for his glory days so he can maximize this offense(Wes moves the chain but has little chance at breaking big plays)
Sooo, I am suggesting that we make a pre-draft Trade with a team going nowhere fast!
Trade our 1st pick plus Ryan Mallet and Jerod Mayo to the Cardinals for Larry Fitzgerald!
Why they would do it? They have a bunch of do nothing Qbs on the roster who are all average with game management capability but NONE of them are considered capable of being Major league Arm Franchise Qbs and Mallet IS that. Arizona has a slew of good Backers like D. Washington, Sam Acho ,etc but could use a player like Mayo to be the leader and solidy their linebacking squad.
Why we would do it? We have a nice group of linebackers and have Dane Fletcher returning. Mayo's contract combined with Wilforks is gonna hamstring this defense from making any significant upgrades in the next 3 years and Spikes needs to be re-signed too. I love mayo and he would be missed but since most agree he is mainly a tackler, we could replace most of his production with Fletcher, Spikes, Hightower,etc. We dont have a need for Mallet now and can always grab Cassel again for a backup or Hoyer when he is released by Arizona.
I feel if you are gonna pay Wes, why not pony up just a few million more and get one of the best if not THE best who also plays the slot if you need him too. Faster, Bigger, better hands and has BIg Play Ability. I said NO 2 years ago but after the last 2 seasons, Im sure Larry is wondering if he will ever get to play in a SB again and I think he has made enough to make the choice to want to play for a contender over more money at this point. Just a matter of Arizona Allowing it.
I know this trade probably doesnt work but its just an example of the direction Id like to see them take. If you disagree, just explain why and maybe what you would do. thanks