Rapoport: Pats ready to spend?
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports writes that Welker retains "somewhat mild disdain" for the team because of Welker's usage to start last year. Welker received fewer snaps and targets to open the season than usual, with Julian Edelman playing ahead of him in two-receiver sets. Cole writes that "tweaking" stuck in Welker's craw last year. He wonders how much he would have played had Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez not both been hurt during the season.
Cole points out that Welker takes a big risk leaving New England because it might be harder to get to the end of a three-year deal when Tom Brady is not throwing Welker those option routes, and Welker has to live up to a big contract on another team. The supposed total value of a deal matters less than your actual chances of earning that money.
This is a marriage that makes too much sense not to continue -- unless Welker's camp chooses to leak stories about his "mild disdain" about the team with whom he's negotiating.