Could Wes Welker Leave New England Patriots After This Season?

By Andy Schmidt
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The end of the 2012 National Football League regular season will be here in just three weeks and with that, there will be 20 teams who are looking ahead to 2013. There will be free agents available that could change the fortunes of many of those teams. I think there is one potential free agent that may have the biggest possible impact in Wes Welker.

Welker has caught over 100 passes for the New England Patriots in four of the last five years, and is just five catches from doing it again this year. The biggest question is would Welker consider leaving New England for more money in 2013? I think there is a strong chance that Welker decides to go, but where would he go to? There are a lot of teams that could use help at the wide receiver position and with Welker’s ability as a slot receiver, it would need to be a team that spreads the ball around a lot. The first thought went to the Green Bay Packers where he could be lined up along with Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings and Randall Cobb.

The Packers would provide a similar offense to what Welker is used to in New England with how Green Bay spreads the ball around with Aaron Rodgers. Welker could decide to just stay in New England if he believes that the Patriots have another two or three years left in their Super Bowl window. I think the two best options for Welker in 2013 would be staying in New England or going north to Green Bay. There aren’t many other great options out there for a 31-year old slot receiver.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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