Re: BYE-BYE WES!
posted at 4/9/2012 10:41 AM EDT
This is like talking to your child. OK, here ya go, FACTS:
1. Most NFL WRs start to show decline after the age of 30.
2010 - #2 & #4 pass catchers over 30
2009 - #8 over 30
2008 - #5 and #6 over 30
2007 - #4 over 30
2006 - #3 and #5 over 30
2005 - #11 over 30
I could go on.
2. Wes will be 31-yo this year.
Was #1 last year at 30. Also, #2 last year was also 30.
3. Wes Welker missed the single most impactful catch opportunity of his stellar NFL carreer in this past Superbowl which likely would have lead to a 4th PATS ring.
It was a poorly thrown ball over the middle. By your statement below, you give Brady a "pass" for his poor throw while throwing Welker under the bus. Many younger receivers have also dropped important balls.
4. TB12 is argueably the greatest NFL QB of all time, which makes it that much easier for those he throws to to be perceived as very good.
Argueably? He didn't win MVP or even become a first team All-Pro UNTIL he had Wes Welker. While I'll be first in line to agree that great QB's make WR's better, I'll never suggest that the reverse isn't also true.
5. Wes Welker's contract is up, and was offered the franchise tag of $9.4-million for one season.
The org, could have offered Welker a new contract prior to the completion of his prior contract. There isn't a player in the league that appreciates the tag. It is a pro-team/anti-player tool. Many team use it simply to lock up players so that they may continue hammering out a better deal for the player. In turn, the player doesn't want to risk injury in OTA's without the longer deal.
6. Wes Welker said pubicly that "I don't know" if I'm gonna attend OTA's with the Patriots this month.
Its a negotiating tactic. One employed by almost all players. Just as Brady now spends much of the offseason away from NE to the consternation of the org, Welker is free to do the same with OTA's while awaiting a better deal. If there is one guy who doesn't need the extra work, its Welker.
7. It was a mistake for this card to played considering the aforementioned facts.
Completely disagree. Pro football is a business. The org treats it as such especially at contract time. That's what they've done with the tag. The tag is NOT an act of loyalty extended by the team. It is a tool to keep a player from going elsewhere. Its a business play. For some reason, you seem to believe that the org is the only side that should be allowed to treat the game as a business. You believe players should simply take what is given them. You are completely laundry biased.
8.There are a dozen responses that could have made WW's point with a much more telling desire to return to his team without making that untimely statement. I.E. "We shall see, but I can tell you that it would be my first choice if both sides can work it out."
Yeah - that's the kind of comment that creates negotiating leverage. LOL. You'd never make it as an agent.
9. If Wes doesn't return to the PATS, his productivity suffers exponentially.
Possibly. Depends on a number of factors including the team that he would go to. That said, productivity isn't everything. Do you not think that part of the great productivity that Gronkowski and Hernandez enjoyed was due in part to teams' focus on Welker? The loss of Welker would allow opponents to shift more focus on other receivers making it harder for Brady.
10. It is a mistake to give this player more than 2-years at even 5-mil per based on these facts.
Welker deserves a 3 year deal with about 15 guaranteed. He could have held out and demanded money for his production long ago as others effectively have done. Unlike Brady, he didn't. Unlike Brady or Wilfork, he played out his deal. He earned his right to negotiate, and that is what he is doing. Its business. If you think the Pats should be allowed to engage in such tactics, then FA's deserve the same opportunity without impunity.