In 2007, the Dolphins traded Wes Welker to the Patriots. Welker has made Miami pay for it ever since.
Welker has 75 catches for 981 yards in nine games against the Dolphins, and the Patriots are 7-2 in those games. But Welker told the Boston Herald that he actually doesn’t have any personal vendetta against his former team for trading him away, and he thinks the fact that his numbers are so good against the Dolphins is more about how the Patriots’ offense has matched up with the Dolphins’ defense than anything else.
“This has been a great situation for me, coming here. I think how I’ve done against them compared with other teams is completely random and accidental,” Welker said. “I’m familiar with the field, the stadium, and things like that. But I try and bring it every week no matter who we’re playing. It just kind of turns out I’ve had some good games there.”
With the Patriots in Miami today, Welker has another chance to make his old team regret trading him. And whether that’s his motivation or not, that trade is one of the many reasons that the Patriots have been a whole lot better than the Dolphins.