New England Patriots Need to Pay Up and Give Wes Welker a Long-Term Deal

By Dan Parzych
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No player may have been more frustrated with their contract situation last offseason than Wes Welker of the New England Patriots considering the wideout fought so hard for a long-term deal–only  to receive the franchise tag for the 2012 season. Once again, Welker was a key part to the Patriots’ offense throughout the 2012 season and proved that his age was no reason for the team to be concerned about his production going down.

With the 2013 season quickly approaching, the Patriots apparently won’t slap Welker with the franchise tag once again–which means they need to swallow their pride and pay their wideout the type of money he deserves.

To say Welker is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL would be the understatement of the year considering he finished with at least 111 catches for the fourth time over the last five seasons. In fact, Welker finished with more than 1,300 receiving yards for the third time in four years in 2012–so it’s clear age shouldn’t be a concern for the Patriots.

New England’s offense is loaded with weapons consisting of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, but it’s difficult to determine whether or not it would be as effective without Welker. This team has always been considered one of the teams to beat in the AFC and if they want to keep that streak going over the next couple of years–they need to make the right move by giving Welker the long-term deal he deserves instead of continuing to drag this thing out.

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