I will admit: I have been extremely doubtful that Wes Welker would be a member of the New England Patriots in 2013 but there’s a solid chance that the two parties will come to an agreement on a contract extension.
Via NFL.com‘s Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer, the Patriots could plan on offering Welker a long-term extension prior to Welker actually hitting free agency.
Albert Breer and I have both heard that we can’t rule out a long-term extension being reached before Welker hits free agency. The door is still open for him to get his money and retire a Patriot. What would a deal look like? In my mind — just trying to gain an understanding of the market — if Welker can get a five-year deal worth more than $8 million per year, that’d be impressive.
As it’s been reported before, the Patriots will not be using their franchise tag on Welker which means that the only way Welker is a member of the Patriots in 2013 is if the two parties come to an agreement on an extension.
If Rapoport does prove to be accurate, then a five-year deal worth about $8 million per year is certainly beneficial for both sides. Welker, who’s turning 32-years-old this May, will receive long-term security while the Patriots will not only be keeping intact one of the NFL’s most lethal combinations in Tom Brady and Wes Welker, but they’ll also be holding onto the league’s top slot receiver for a relatively low cost.
In five of Welker’s six seasons with New England, he has recorded at least 100-plus receptions while missing just three games in those six seasons—which is impressive considering the beating that Welker takes game in and game out.
Updates will follow if contract negoations continue to heat up between the Patriots and Welker.