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.
Patriots free-agent WR Wes Welker has no plans to re-sign with New England before first testing the free-agent market next week.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2013
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.
Welker doesn't make the Patriots offense work. Brady is the man with all the influence.
Will Welker be back, or will another team give him a fat contract?
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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