5 teams that should be interested in Wes Welker
Wes Welker is the next high-profile New England Patriots free agent that is set to hit the market in 2013.
Welker, in an interview with Comcast Sports New England following his 13-catch, 104-yard, touchdown effort, ribbed Belichick for limiting his offensive snaps earlier in the 2012 season. ”Yeah it’s kind of nice to stick it in Bill’s face once in awhile,” Welker said. “So this is definitely a good one.”
Most are familiar with the story of Bill Belichick and Wes Welker during the beginning season and his reduced role until forced into action. It’s almost as if the Patriots were aware that he will not be resigning with the team and testing the waters to see if they could go on without him.
Well, they couldn’t.
According to the Boston Herald, Welker already has his condo on the market and is not house-hunting for a replacement anywhere near Foxboro.
Here are 5 teams that should be interested in Wes Welker.
1. New England Patriots
Sure, Belichick and Welker had a falling out of sorts but let’s not forget just how valuable Welker is to the Patriots offense. He’s had over 100 catches and over 1,000 yards in four of the last five seasons.
At 31, the Patriots tagged him with the franchise tag over the offseason, which means he’s playing right now under a single-season contract.
We have seen some receivers fit into the Patriots scheme and others fail. They already know what they are getting in Welker if they would just open their wallets!
2. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills are just one team that would love to grab Wes Welker and stick it in the Patriots faces.
The Bills are weak at receiver and have no sort of threat opposite Stevie Johnson. By signing Welker as a free agent the Bills would be grabbing a solid veteran wide receiver that has led the league in receptions three of the past five years. It’s exactly the type of security blanket the Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick need; not to mention the pressure it would take off Johnson.
Sidney Rice, Ben Obomanu, Doug Baldwin, and Braylon Edwards, need I say more?
While sure, I could leave it at just that, the Seahawks are in desperate need of a solid receiver like Wes Welker.
As Russell Wilson continues to grow they must surround him with talent and veteran leadership that only a player like Welker could bring. He’s a tough guy that can hold a team and locker room together. He let’s his play do the talking for him and the Seahawks could use that sense of maturity.
4. St. Louis Rams
By not drafting a quarterback and trading, eventually, RG3 to the Redskins the Rams showed just how serious they are about Sam Bradford. In order for Bradford to reach the next level he must be given opportunities and the receivers they have now don’t offer that.
The Rams could also lose Danny Amendola, who is also a free agent, but word is they have been working on an extension.
One thing’s for sure in Cleveland, this off season is going to be interesting. In all likelihood there will be coaching changes along with Mike Holmgren. At this point it’s too early to tell if Brandon Weeden will be the starting quarterback of the Browns in 2013, but no matter the quarterback a solid receiver could be a plus.
Name the last time the Browns had a solid receiver they could count on to catch the ball? I’m still waiting…
Josh Cribbs is also a free agent, but one could argue Josh Gordon is already the top receiver on the team.
- Prediction: Wes Welker signs with the Seattle Seahawks