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Wes Welker, Patriots optimistic on three-year deal

The news that the New England Patriots are strongly considering not picking up Brandon Lloyd‘s $3 million option due to erratic behavior makes Wes Welker more valuable to this team. Tom Brady‘s new deal that saves the Patriots $15 million in cap space over the next two seasons will make it much easier for both Welker and the Pats to get a favorable deal done, and the Pats and Welker seem to be hitting the table with renewed vigor.

Welker and the Pats are trying to get a long-term deal done, and it sounds like they are gaining traction on keeping Wes Welker in New England for three more years. According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, there is  “a good deal of optimism on both sides” that a three-year pact can get done. Bedard allows that “anything can happen”, but the fact that progress is being made early on is a source of optimism for plenty of Patriots fans.

And while the Patriots could certainly survive without Wes Welker, it would be a huge loss for this team. Getting a deal with Welker done could make Lloyd even less likely of an option to be retained, while it would also make the addition of a young WR through the draft a more likely outcome. With the free agent market at wide receiver no longer looking as ripe as it once was due to the news on Dwayne Bowe and Greg Jennings possibilities of staying, signing a big-name free agent wide receiver might not be as likely of a proposition.

This makes keeping Welker even more important, but I do think we’ll see the Pats make a run at one big-name wide receiver. That hinges on their decision on Lloyd, and let’s hope that the talks between the Patriots and Welker can continue to be fruitful.

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