Dear “Wes”ley Carter Welker,
First off, let me congratulate you on yet another extremely productive season with the New England Patriots in 2012. I know it didn’t start out how you would have preferred, only getting targeted 5 times in the first game, but you still went on to amass 118 catches, 1,354 yards, and 6 TD. Which should outweigh the distain you felt after the first few weeks of the season.
Now, I understand that going into the next season at the ripe age of 32, this is likely your last chance to cash in on your previous success. You have earned it. However, I wouldn’t be too quick to jump ship on the Patriots and (more importantly) Tom Brady.
Don’t so quickly forget that your first 3 years in the league you only managed 96 receptions and 1 TD. The point being is, careful not to bite the hand that feeds you.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick found a style of offense that relates perfectly to your skill sets and allowed you to become the center point of their passing game.
Yes, they may not have as much money for you as you’d like, but lets face it, would you even be in the position to make this kind of money without the Patriots organization? Not to mention, you just saw possibly the best quarterback in history (if you take into account both regular and postseason success), your quarterback, take a huge pay cut for the betterment of the team.
My point is, I think it would be a smart move for you to swallow your pride before you make the decision to sign somewhere other than Foxboro. After all, you’d be leaving a team that not only created you, but one that will continue to put themselves in a position to get back to the Super Bowl, and one that continues to feed you the ball.
None of that is assured anywhere else.
Yes, you might find more money elsewhere, but is that worth seeing a drastic production decrease? Or possibly sitting at home while your former team marches on through the postseason?
I mean, let’s face it, the Patriots have other options, because this is a free agent class with plenty of WR options… the Patriots don’t need Wes Welker anymore.
However, you need to decide if Wes Welker doesn’t need the Patriots anymore.
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