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Wes Welker, Patriots face uncertain future in 2013

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02:39 PM ET 01.21 | The Patriots season came to an end on Sunday. Wes Welker's tenure with the franchise might have as well. Welker is set to become a free agent this off-season, and he is unsure where he will be playing at the start of the 2013 season. Despite constant attempts from the media to pry information from Welker, the 32-year-old wide receiver remains quiet. After Sunday's loss he was again asked about his contract, and again he refused to shed any light on the matter.

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January 21, 2013  02:43 PM ET

That's 2 HUGE dropped passes in key situations in 2 years Wes. Unfortunately, that is what people and your bosses are going remember and offer you accordingly.

January 21, 2013  02:47 PM ET
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That's 2 HUGE dropped passes in key situations in 2 years Wes. Unfortunately, that is what people and your bosses are going remember and offer you accordingly.

The Patriots wouldn't have been in the playoffs without him.

January 21, 2013  02:48 PM ET

agreed and not knocking what he's done or what he did most of the game yesterday. But the sad fact is, he dropped the easiest one of them all yesterday when they needed it most.

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January 21, 2013  03:02 PM ET

It might be a lose-lose. The Patriots will stick to their policy of grooming scrubs and letting big-money free agents walk, and they will probably miss Welker a bit. And Welker, won't make the same impact in any other offense.

January 21, 2013  03:17 PM ET
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That's 2 HUGE dropped passes in key situations in 2 years Wes. Unfortunately, that is what people and your bosses are going remember and offer you accordingly.

Unfortunately those 2 drops were turning points in their respective games where things started to go south for the Pats.

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January 21, 2013  03:43 PM ET
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Yup. Combine that with the fact that he dropped a bunch of passes this season and he's taken a serious beating during his time in New England and I doubt that they will give him a long term contract for mega dollars.I can tell you that I appreciate what Welker has accomplished and contributed to the Pats in his time here, but I think the end is in sight.I also agree with Rusty's comment above yours. I just don't see Welker having a similar impact on another team.

Denver, Green Bay, Chicago, Seahawks, Cowboys and Arizona Might disagree with you!

January 21, 2013  04:29 PM ET

Welker might have to re-think his value and negotiate his contract from that position. If he asks for elite money he'll be sent packing. If he asks for reasonable money and terms he very well might get it. With his negative (big drops in key situations) there's also the fact that NE might not have gotten this far without him. Perspective and compromise might keep him there. I agree with Rex Racer...he might not do as well elsewhere.

January 21, 2013  05:14 PM ET
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It might be a lose-lose. The Patriots will stick to their policy of grooming scrubs and letting big-money free agents walk, and they will probably miss Welker a bit. And Welker, won't make the same impact in any other offense.

Took the words out of my mouth.
Welker wants a big payday to finish out his career; can't blame him for that. It is probably more important thanstaying for reasonable money, or going to another winning team.
Belichick will not pay big money for a 32 year old WR, but TBrady will miss Welker if he goes.
Lose-Lose, as you say!

January 21, 2013  06:43 PM ET

The bigger loss yesterday was Talib.

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January 21, 2013  07:25 PM ET

Note to Dan Snyder... Get out your check book......

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January 22, 2013  02:27 AM ET

Welker has been good in the regular season but he hasn't been clutch in the playoffs as Mrs. Brady likes to point out.

 
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