Welker latched on in San Diego, got cut there in a roster numbers crunch in Sept. 2004, went to Miami, and took off from there.
And started killing the Patriots. There was a 71-yard punt return in the monster upset the Dolphins landed in 2004. There was a nine-catch, 77-yard effort in 2006. Heck, he even subbed as a kicker against New England.
"He killed us," Belichick said. "He killed us on punt returns. And he killed us in the slot. ... I remember we had one “Double 83” when he was playing in the slot in Miami, and we still couldn’t cover him."
So came another added bit of motivation to pursue Welker in the 2007 offseason.
"It’s one thing to acquire a player, it’s another thing to acquire a player that you then don’t have to play against twice a year," the coach added. "If you get the right guy, you’re adding him to your team but also taking off a team you have to play twice a year. There’s definitely something to be said for that."
And something to be said for the player Welker's become.