If Wes Welker has his way he will remain a New England Patriot for next year and beyond. Welker is in the last year of the 5 year, 18 million dollar deal he signed when leaving the Miami Dolphins for the Pats. “I plan on being back. I am not really too worried about that right now. I am fully concentrated on this game and what we have to do, but I plan on being back”, said Welker.
I have to admit I am skeptical that Wes will be back after this season though it’s great to hear he wants to be. There is no doubting his value to the team and he has been probably the biggest bargain in the league under his current contract. However, I just don’t see the Patriots giving him number one wide receiver money, approximately 10 million per year. Now that the Pats have not one but two world class weapons at tight end in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez it would seem to be less of a priority to have a high priced, slot receiver. Ideally this money would be spent on an outside, down the field receiver though those guys are very difficult to come by.