In response to RallyC's comment:
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I don't think Welkers ability has anything to do with why he isn't here. It was all contractual. BB set a limit Welker held out, by the time he came back around to the Pats at a reasonable price the trigger had been puller in DA. I'm sure if welker had signed the first deal none of this argument happend and as fan we are all happy his is on the team.
Both side have been viral in this argument, I myself love what welker did here and so far I don't think DA or Edelman have truelly filled his role. Anyone who says that two are better... It hasn't been prove on the field. On the flip side though I love the team the Pats have and they are figuring it out week to week.
I don't see the need that some have to blast Welker, or constantly try to prove a case that really isn't there. The Pat are who they are and this is the team BB gave us to watch.
To the other side Welker is gone certain fan are going to blame him or BB but at the end of the day no one win these arguement on this board. Nothing is proof all side hear and see what they want to see and it gets worst on this board day by day.
Good post. Two points you make seem particularly important:
- Belichick wanted to keep Welker, but only at a certain price; the idea that he didn't want Welker because Welker dropped a pass is just ridiculous. He liked Welker fine. He just didn't want to bind up lots of salary cap for a long time on an aging slot receiver.
- Welker's production while he was at the Pats was extraordinary and neither Edelman nor Amendola have come close to matching that production yet.
WELKER CHOKED SUNDAY and greatly contributed to the MIGHTY BRONCOS EPIC DEFEAT. This is the reason Bill let Wessie walk. HE HAS NO BALLS. When called on to close the deal, he fails. Blind love is a bytch.
Welker screwed up the punt. He was way too late calling everyone off. But really, how do you ignore all the huge and definitely clutch third down catches he made for years when he was with New England? The guy was a chain-moving machine.
There's this myth that Belichick wanted Welker to leave. If that was the case he would have done what he did with BJGE. Made no offer. He made several offers. He clearly wanted Welker, just not at the price Welker expected.
Look, back when Welker was here and people were talking about him as the best receiver ever, I was the first to say he was a good slot receiver, but he had plenty of limitations too and he wasn't the best guy to have as your number one WR. Now when he's left, fans are letting the pendulum swing all the way to the other extreme. Welker the hero is now Welker the choking goat. This is absurd. The truth is somewhere in the middle. And anyone who knows anything about football knows that. You know it too, Rally. You just are hyped up on testosterone . . .