The New England Patriots Are Making a Mistake By Letting Wes Welker Walk

By Scott DelleFave
Wes Welker
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There is a lot of talk that the New England Patriots will likely let wide receiver Wes Welker walk away from the team. Welker, since coming to the Patriots, has had 672 catches, 7,459 yards and 37 touchdown receptions. He’s undersized at 5′ 9″ 190 lbs., but quarterback Tom Brady used him like how quarterbacks use their tight ends as a safety valve. Besides the receiving abilities, Welker was a very good returner as well.

That being said, Welker could be a product of his environment for the Patriots, since he’s likely not to succeed elsewhere. However, he was fairly successful when he played for the Miami Dolphins, and that’s why the Patriots poison-pilled a division rival and gave them a second and a seventh round pick to acquire him, and was laughed at for spending so much for a virtually unknown player. But, head coach Bill Belichick must have known what he was getting with Welker.

Even Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin and former teammate Randy Moss have said that the Patriots need to re-sign him. Irvin said “Wes would be crazy leaving the Patriots”, while Moss said “It was a great combination because of what we were able to do to benefit from one another,” Moss said. “He’s the wide receiver that you need for your dirty work. … He takes the hits across the middle. He takes the short routes and takes them 20, 30, 40 yards for the first down or maybe the touchdown. You can really appreciate the guy’s work.”

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