Wes Welker and 3 Other Starters the New England Patriots Could Lose in 2012

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Wes Welker and 3 Other Starters the New England Patriots Could Lose in 2012

Wes Welker's production in New England has been second to none.

The wide receiver was recently ranked the 50th-best player in the NFL by his peers and for good reason. His epic production since coming to the Patriots has been record-breaking stuff.

Welker became the first and only player to compile three seasons of 110 or more receptions from 2007-2009. His stat line declined in 2010, but Welker was merely months removed from extensive knee surgery following an injury in the last game of the 2009 season. 

Welker surprised most when he returned for the first game of the 2010 season and went on to put up solid numbers for the remainder of the year.

This season will likely decide Welker's fate in New England because his contract expires soon after.

The Patriots will need to determine whether a further investment in Welker is in the best interest of the team. He'll be 31-years-old with a surgically repaired knee at a position which rarely favors experience over youth.

Julian Edelman is buried on the depth chart beneath Welker and his contract extends through 2012. Many believe Edelman will be utilized as a stopgap at the slot position if and when the team moves on from Welker and that may happen soon.

So who else could else has an expiring contract following the 2011 season?

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