New England Patriots Rumors: All Signs Point to Wes Welker Returning in 2013?

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There’s been plenty of New England Patriots rumors swirling over the last couple of weeks when it comes to where wide receiver Wes Welker will end up playing for the 2013 season. It’s been no secret that Welker has been unhappy with the team over the last couple of years considering how long they’ve pushed off giving him a long-term deal and even though he made it clear he would test the open market–rumors are beginning to heat up about the wideout “most likely” staying put in New England.

Despite his age, the Patriots need to realize how important it is to keep Welker around for at least a couple of years considering how effective he’s been in the passing game since coming to New England. On top of catching at least 111 passes in four of his last five seasons, Welker has also recorded at least 1,300 receiving yards in three of his last four seasons.

In other words–it’s no secret how valuable he’s been to Tom Brady in the passing game over the years.

Welker has proven to be one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the slot throughout his career and the last thing the Patriots want to see happen is letting him go to a new team backfire in 2013 where it could end up hurting them if they were to face him. After all of the talk about him testing the market, it appears maybe Welker realizes his best option is to return to New England next season–so it should be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of weeks.

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