Pats owner Robert Kraft on Wes Welker: “I love Wes Welker. I hope he remains a Patriot for life. Just like Tom Brady.”
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) March 11, 2013
The NFL offseason is about to get a lot more crazy with the opening of free agency on Tuesday, March 12. Speculation has run rampant since the Super Bowl ended in January regarding the futures of a number of big-time players.
While Welker only stands in at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, there is no doubting his massive importance to quarterback Tom Brady out on the football field. The only year Welker has not surpassed 100 receptions and 1,000 yards since joining New England back in 2007 was in 2010, when he went down with a torn ACL.
Replacing a guy that is as close to a lock for those types of numbers as anyone in the league, no matter how tall or fast, will be nearly impossible.
From the sounds of it, Patriots owner Robert Kraft understands that.
What remains to be seen, however, is whether or not he backs up his words with a financially viable contract once the frenzy of free agency kicks into high gear.