If there is any sport in the world where the age old mantra, “never say never” applies more often, it is in professional football.
For every fan and so-called authority on the NFL who dismisses the unlikely and deems it impossible, Namath takes the field dressed in blue and yellow instead of green and white. Every time it is deemed unthinkable that the brightest of superstar free agent or trade flies the coup, Montana leads a Chiefs drive down the field against the Niners and Favre does the Lambeau leap with horns on his helmet, and not into the Lambeau faithful.
So before the entire NFL fandom dismisses yet another potential seismic shift of team allegiance, think about how often in football history the impossible became possible. To see uber-Patriot Wes Welker in a New York Jets jersey, catching touchdown passes from anyone not named Brady, definitely ranks itself among the highly improbable, but not impossible.
With all of the media soundbites taken from Rex Ryan as of late, it could be said that the bulbous head coach no longer wishes to be the center of media attention. He has proclaimed that he will no longer be the boisterous, guarantee-wielding gunslinger on the microphone we have come to know.
Do not think for one second that any member of the Ryan family wants the spotlight on anyone else than them and their team at any given moment. It is the purest form of genetic heredity on earth today; all Ryans bathe themselves in headlines. This inherited disposition must always be fed, and what better way to keep that spotlight focused squarely on MetLife Stadium other than the poaching of Bill Belicheck’s primary receiver.
We all, as fans, are constantly torn over the dichotomy of the NFL from players and administrators alike that our beloved game is simultaneously both “just a game” and “just business."
Wes Welker becoming a New York Jet would put that divide under the most critical of microscopes. The Jets would have to bring quite a staggering offer to lure Welker away from Gillette Stadium, an offer that would be difficult to pass up if this is truly just a business.