Pats acquire Welker
The Patriots acquired receiver Wes Welker from the Miami Dolphins today for undisclosed draft choices, the team announced.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King first reported that the Patriots will give up second- and seventh-round picks. That information has since been confirmed.
Welker, who enters his fourth NFL season, was a restricted free agent. The Dolphins had tendered him a one-year, $1.3 million offer and any team that attempted to sign him to an offer sheet would have had to surrender a second-round draft choice.
Welker, who is coming off a career-high 67-catch season, visited with Patriots officials at Gillette Stadium today.
Welker joins a receiving corps that includes Reche Caldwell, Jabar Gaffney, Chad Jackson, Kelvin Kight and Bam Childress. Veteran Troy Brown could also return, although he previously said he is taking a wait-and-see approach to free agency.