Wes Welker Is Bound to Re-Sign with Patriots After Testing Free-Agency Market

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 7:   Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots reacts in the end zone after he got by Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos in the first half for a touchdown at Gillette Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Wes Welker won't be wearing another uniform in 2013.

The diminutive slot specialist is reportedly set to test the market as a free agent, but he'll ultimately end up signing another contract with the New England Patriots

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Welker has been one of the most productive receivers in the NFL for the Patriots the past six years. He's caught 672 passes for 7,459 yards and 37 touchdowns since joining New England in 2007.

That said, he'll quickly find once free agency begins that other teams aren't frantically looking for a 32-year-old slot receiver (Welker is 31 now, but he'll be 32 when the 2013 season begins). 

It won't take long for him to discover that there isn't a fat contract out there waiting for him to sign. NFL teams are shelling out monster contracts to top receivers these days, but the men making the big money are outside receivers who can stretch the field vertically.

New England's offense is different from any other offense in the NFL. Tom Brady is the difference. He can seemingly operate with any receiving corps that Bill Belichick provides him. 

Welker doesn't make the Patriots offense work. Brady is the man with all the influence.

There's no doubt Welker and the Patriots are a match made in heaven. He and Brady have incredible chemistry, and his quickness is a perfect fit for the team's quick-hitting, fast-paced attack. 

The Patriots know this. It's why the team is willing to let Welker test the market. 

Welker will end up coming back home where he belongs to sign a team-friendly contract that will see him retire with the Pats. 


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