Again, like Welker, Brian Hoyer is a solid piece to retain heading into 2012. He's exceeded all expectations since the second he stepped through the front doors at Gillette Stadium in 2009.
Not only did he make the squad as an undrafted free agent, but Hoyer beat out his competition at quarterback so handily, he was named the sole backup to Tom Brady as a rookie. He's been joined at times since then by the likes of Ryan Mallett and others but has yet to relinquish the top backup slot.
With all that said, after investing a third-round pick, nearly $3 million and a year in the playbook in Mallett, is it really necessary to pay Hoyer another $2 million?
Tom Brady is set to pull in about $13 million in 2012 and the Patriots have another $5 million invested in insurance plans on the 34-year-old. I'm picking bones here, but it's certainly a questionable move among many more economical decisions this offseason.