Posts Tagged ‘Wes Welker’

Patriots Could Earn Compensatory Picks in ’14 By Letting Free Agents Leave

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Allowing Aqib Talib (left) to walk could potentially result in a compensatory pick next season. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

At this point, there’s an argument to be made that New England should attempt to re-sign all three of their major free agents: wide receiver Wes Welker, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, and cornerback Aqib Talib. The aforementioned players were all major contributors in New England’s successful 2012 season, and it’s possible that releasing any of the players could create holes on the roster which New England may find themselves unable to fill immediately, especially as they attempt to upgrade their roster in other areas with a limited number of draft picks. However, it may be even wiser for the Patriots to let some or all of those free agents depart this offseason.

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Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd Aren’t Guaranteed For a Return in 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

One and done with the Patriots? (US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

Very rarely do you see one of the NFL’s prolific passing attacks part ways with their top two receivers in one offseason—but the New England Patriots are a different breed of animal.

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Wes Welker Contract Options

Sunday, February 10th, 2013
Wes Welker Patriots Jets

Is Wes Welker a long-term solution at receiver? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

It was just about a year ago that I deemed Wes Welker the perfect Patriot—that he should be a Patriot for life.

I made this bold statement following Welker’s infamous drop in Super Bowl XLVI as he was set to hit free agency. I strongly believed that Welker deserved a contract extension—I didn’t necessarily believe that he should be devalued due to his timely drop.

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2013 Patriots Off-Season: Salary Cap Situation

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Wes Welker

Will the salary cap allow Wes Welker to don a Patriots uniform in 2013?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

It seems that few teams have been able to master the NFL salary cap like the New England Patriots. Sustaining success over a decade without having to blow things up.

Other teams haven’t been so lucky. The New York Jets for example, are currently looking at a $19+ million deficit after a 6-10 season.

What do the Patriots have to work with in 2013?

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Should the Patriots Re-Sign Key Free Agents?

Monday, December 31st, 2012
Patrick Chung Patriots Safety

Is Patrick Chung a part of the Patriots future plans? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee

We haven’t reached Wild Card weekend in the playoffs yet, but it’s that time of year where we begin to look forward to the offseason. The Patriots aren’t a team that generally spends a lot of money in the offseason outside of signings like Adalius Thomas.

The Patriots do have notable players entering free agency, wide receivers Wes Welker and Julian Edelman, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, cornerback Aqib Talib, running back Danny Woodhead and safety Patrick Chung. Should they be re-signed?

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Tavon Austin: Potential Wes Welker Replacement for the Patriots?

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Tavon Austin Patriots Draft

Does Tavon Austin have what it takes to replace Wes Welker? (US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Wes Welker plays an immense role in the Patriots offense. If he leaves this off-season due to ongoing contract issues – Welker is currently playing on a one year franchise tender – Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will be hard-pressed to find a suitable replacement.

West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin certainly passes the eye test as a talented weapon, but would he fit into the Patriots scheme?

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Should Patriots Re-Sign Julian Edelman Before Wes Welker?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
Julian Edelman Patriots

Is Julian Edelman poised to be a bigger part of the offense next year?

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

It isn’t hard to see how important wide receiver Wes Welker has been to the New England Patriots since joining the team in 2007.

Welker has been among the NFL’s top two in receptions in four of the past five seasons, and has been among the league’s top two in receiving yards for two of the past three. In the process, he has redefined the slot receiver position, advancing the role from a tertiary option to the primary weapon in the Patriots offense.

Welker, however, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2012 season. The Patriots used the franchise tag to keep Welker in New England for this season, but if they want to keep him beyond this season, they are going to have to be ready to pay up.

The Patriots may be best suited in saving money by letting Welker sign elsewhere, and instead use a portion of the money they save to re-sign their other slot receiver, Julian Edelman, who will also be an unrestricted free agent.

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