Re: How important is Wes Welker and why he should stay a Patriot well beyond this season
posted at 11/13/2012 11:49 AM EST
In response to pcmIV's comment:
In response to TFB12's comment:
Did I say he is the best WR in the league? No, I did say Wes Welker finds ways to get open and make the reception when he is targeted. He does so better then the so called top receivers in the league. And my point is it would be foolish to not sign WW next year and for a couple more years, imo. Show me another receiver who has these reception per target percentages with TFB and/or the Pats under this system. Its a combination of Brady, the offense and Wes Welker, why mess it up. Sign WW to a multi year contract.
You also said "No doubt about it, Welker should be considered the top receiver of the league. These numbers are freaking amazing. Laughable compared to the top 2 receivers of the league and extra laughable to the 'New Best Slot Receiver'."
Now maybe this was a bit in jest, but the point is you made a big deal out of comparing this one stat from Wes to other top receivers and made a big deal out of how much better Wes was. There was some implications there that I was touching on.
I (like you) would like to see Wes retire a Patriot, but I think the Pats FO is correct in their assessment and that they have the leverage here. Now perhaps they have overplayed their hand and they end up having to franchise Wes and pay him more than what they want, but I don't think he is gone unless some team offers him an outrageous contract (which I don't think they will) and even then I think they will franchise Wes again if they have to.
It is also worth noting that with a lot of money coming off the books AND Gronk and Hern's deals being done that it's possible Wes' contract demands become a bit more feasible this offseason. As I said previously I think the Pats FO has the leverage and they should use it because the risk of failure is very low and worst case scenario they just franchise him again and then the following offseason when they have to sign him or let him walk the salary cap goes up a lot.
I think the other factor hurting Wes is the Pats missing on this years free agency signings and the cost uncertainty to address the defense.
For instance, if Gregory came in and played solid field general, and Wilson came in and showed tremendous athleticism along with his rookie mistakes, perhaps the Pats would not feel the urgency on the defensive side. But those 2 players did not live up to billing (yet)...If Fanene worked out, the interior DL would not need depth addressed.
IN addition, if Talib does come in and play lights out, that perhaps forces the Pats hand to sign him to a high dollar/short year deal.
Also lets not forget Revis will be sitting out there and will cost nothing other than $$$. And the Jets dont have any $$$.