posted at 12/7/2012 4:47 PM EST
In response to RockScully's comment:
Keep in mind, the discussion is not about thinking they can replace Welker's gifts as a player, but getting a quality slot replacement. That may be Hernandez himself with Edelman as back up, for example, where the value comes in a versatile flanker/multiple spot WR like a Hartline.
I said it 2 years ago. BB would consider Hernandez Welker's replacement and here we are with Hernandez invested in and Welker waiting on a deal. Hernandez is every bit as gifted as Welker, hence why the younger Hernandez is the investment.
Stinks for Welker, but that's what is clearly happening.
I think way too many of our fans fall in love with the players and don't really get what's going on here. It's not the name on the jersey but the skill set within the system.
I am far from dumb. I just know what BB does and how he allocates dollars, regardless of the Mt Hurls running around here mocking BB like a Felger/Mazz clone, utterly clueless, thinkin the cap doesn't matter a la the NY Jets Mike Tannenbum and their toolish fans.
In a perfect non-cap world, Kraft opens the checkbook for Wes. We'd all love it, so would BB and the team, but it doesn't work that way.
The cap does't go up until 2015, which is a full 2 seasons way. Welker is 32.
It's the way it is. The best thing that could happen is the difference in money for what Wes sees on the open market and what he would get here, while being happier here, is not that much overall, and he stays for a deal that BB can live with. Again, BB has the leverage here, not Wes. Wes knows it, his agent knows it and he made a mistake turning down that 18 mil guaranteed 2 year extension last year. Great offer that he might regret.
"Hernandez is every bit as gifted as Welker". Not sure I believe that and don't really know what that's based on. I understand that Hernandez missed 6 games this season but here are some stats for the 2 of them in games that they did play in:
Games Receptions Yards Yards/ Game Average/Reception Long
Welker 12 92 1064 88.7 11.57 59
Hernandez 6 27 274 46.8 10.22 31
Certainly Hernandez is younger than Welker, but I don't think his hands are as good nor do I think he gets the separation that Welker gets. It is to be expected that Hernandez will improve his stats but Welker is already one of the absolute best receivers in the league and he should be paid as such. Just my opinion.