Dec 23, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots and Wes Welker Planning a Long-term Extension Deal

The New England Patriots might consider in offering Wes Welker a long-term contract extension before free agency. If that is the case, let’s cross our fingers and really hope that happens.

There’s a great possibility that both sides might work something out since it is obvious the Patriots will not offer a franchise tag – it just doesn’t make sense.

Per Ian Rapoport

“Easily the most productive NFL receiver over the past several years, he’s a first-down machine. He’s also, however, a slot receiver, and he’s a little older, making it tougher for him to be paid like an elite pass-catcher. The Patriots won’t apply the franchise tag to him, we know that. And yet … Albert Breer and I have both heard that we can’t rule out a long-term extension being reached before Welker hits free agency. The door is still open for him to get his money and retire a Patriot. What would a deal look like? In my mind — just trying to gain an understanding of the market — if Welker can get a five-year deal worth more than $8 million per year, that’d be impressive. It just makes too much sense for both sides to get something done. If you have the best slot receiver in the game, and he’s also one of Tom Brady‘s best weapons, how can you let him leave?”

We know the Patriots offensive is vulnerable without Wes Welker and I think Welker knows (in terms of comparability) he is better off playing with Tom Brady and with an offense he is familiar with inside and out.

While writing my piece Should The Patriots Let Their Heart and Soul Go Elsewhere?, it truly was painful to write and to think on the possibilities of Welker having to go elsewhere. If a deal gets done, we are back in the game.


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Tags: Free Agency New England Patriots Wes Welker

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