Regardless of how many snaps Wes Welker sees in the New England Patriots offense, the speculation won't die down.
Are the Patriots slowly but surely phasing Welker out of the offense?
Will they trade him?
CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman thinks it's more than remote possibility:
What might be happening here...is that the Patriots aren't phasing Welker out. They are preparing to trade him. Several league sources said this is more than some remote possibility. This might actually be a probability and the team is seeing if Edelman could fit into Welker's shoes should the team trade him.
This is more the Patriots Way than a phasing out. A sort of stashing of Welker -- and by trading Welker, they would have total control of his destination city. Trading Welker before the Oct. 30 deadline would be very Bill Belichick.
New England stunningly traded Randy Moss before the trade deadline in 2010, so we know the organization isn't afraid to make a bold personnel decision—some call it "The Patriots Way."
With trade rumors starting to swirl, let's look at the six teams most likely to land Welker if he's traded.