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Brady hoping “heart and soul” Welker returns

AFC Champiohship Football AP

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker said he’s “not sure” about his future with the team, but his quarterback made his feelings known this morning.

During his weekly interview on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show, Tom Brady was careful to say it wasn’t his call, but voiced his support anyway.

“Everybody knows how I feel about Wes, our whole team feels that way about Wes,” Brady said, via ESPNBoston.com. “He’s just one of the best players I’ve played with and played against. He’s just a phenomenal player, and he’s been the heart and soul of what our team is all about. He’s been so selfless and the way that he carries himself and commits himself to help our team win, it’s second to none.

“But like I said, those aren’t my decisions.”

Welker played out this year under a $9.5 million franchise tag, and they could always tag him again for $11.4 million this coming season.

Welker had a team-high 118 catches this season, and has averaged 112 per year with the Patriots.

You’d think they’d want to take care of him, but going into the offseason, you wonder if they’ll use his age (31) and some high-profile playoff drops against him.

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21 Responses to “Brady hoping “heart and soul” Welker returns”
  1. denverdude7 says: Jan 21, 2013 10:23 AM

    Dear Wes,

    You are more than welcome to come to Denver and play with Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLVIII.

    Sincerely,
    Bronco Nation

  2. hadjiali says: Jan 21, 2013 10:25 AM

    They better take care of him. Him drops are notable because of how many he does catch.

  3. truthfactory says: Jan 21, 2013 10:35 AM

    The Pats will desperately need to find players to run their pattened 5 yard routes

  4. malvord13 says: Jan 21, 2013 10:36 AM

    If my career was based of welker i would hope he came back too. Brady can’t handle games without welker or gronk, or when pressure is on him.

  5. patsfiend says: Jan 21, 2013 11:11 AM

    For every one drop he has, he makes 3 first downs where he gets absolutely drilled. Hopefully they can find a middle ground and keep Wes around. And, hopefully, they can use Demps or get someone (it’s not Lloyd) who can run a damn deep route.

  6. 50milessouthofdetroit says: Jan 21, 2013 11:12 AM

    If Brady really wants Welker back, he should volunteer to take a pay cut to keep him

  7. jprcox says: Jan 21, 2013 11:19 AM

    The Pats need to remake a large portion of their team, and spending $11m on a WR probably isn’t the best choice. Pats need a new defense in the worst way, as you cannot always come out and try to win shoot-outs. That works with teams that have so/so defenses, but a good defense team leaves PATs gasping to keep matching scores.

  8. mezanine10 says: Jan 21, 2013 11:26 AM

    Dear Tom,

    Thanks for the compliment. If I do manage to stay, please don’t throw any more high balls at me. I seem to have problems dropping those.

    Signed,

    Wes

  9. fearthehoody says: Jan 21, 2013 11:26 AM

    Welk has dropped quite a few passes in the last few seasons. I hope he realizes we have a mini Welk in Edleman, so Wes can take a little less money and comeback

  10. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 21, 2013 11:36 AM

    Just saw on ESPN that Tom Brady is now 67-1 when leading at halftimes. Marvelous!!! But what does a quarterback have to do with either maintaining or blowing a second-half lead?
    Was Brady responsible for the Ravens’ 21 points in the second half? C’mon. The media’s obsessions with quarterbacks is flatout RIDICULOUS…
    The world’s two greatest quarterbacks — Peyton Manning and Brady — are not in this season’s Super Bowl. That should be more than enough proof that TEAMS, not quarterbacks, either win or lose.

  11. randomguy9999 says: Jan 21, 2013 11:44 AM

    Welker has had 3 significant drops in 2 seasons… thats gotta put him at the best end of the list of elite receivers

    Hate the Pats, hate Brady…. but if Welker was coming to any team in the league…. their fans would be cheering…

    admit it….

  12. electionconfidential says: Jan 21, 2013 11:44 AM

    Welker probably has just one multi-year contract left, if that. It would be hard to blame him if he leaves NE and just punches his ticket with any team anywhere that will pay him the most money and someone WILL pay him.

    He must be really tired of the lack of appreciation he gets in Boston. I hate the Patriots, but when I watch them play the main thing I always worry about is Wes Welker. The guy is a first down machine and if the Patriots don’t appreciate that then someone else will.

  13. patriotenvy says: Jan 21, 2013 12:17 PM

    We need a new QB so…

  14. swagger52 says: Jan 21, 2013 12:26 PM

    If Welker doesn’t come back…Brady should retire. Who else can get open every time 5 yards deep and then run for 25?

    Welker is elite…Brady is washed up.

  15. swagger52 says: Jan 21, 2013 12:29 PM

    In the world of the Patriots fans…Receivers never drop passes, or if they do it is called first down by illegal contact.

    They need to hit the mute button on CBS broadcasts, maybe then they would understand the game of football better.

  16. patriotenvy says: Jan 21, 2013 12:35 PM

    Let him go to another team, eat up a bunch of their cap money, and then fade into the wall paper like every other system player that has left the Pats for green backs.

    Then the Pats can spend the money they save on some defensive players.

  17. rc33 says: Jan 21, 2013 12:59 PM

    50milessouthofdetroit says: Jan 21, 2013 11:12 AM

    If Brady really wants Welker back, he should volunteer to take a pay cut to keep him
    ———————————-
    At age 27, Brady had 3 rings and accepted a 6 yr./$60M deal.
    He could’ve held Bob Kraft hostage and everyone in New England knew it.
    This season he made exactly the same money Mark Sanchez made, $11.25M.
    Even the 4 year/$72M deal he signed was pretty reasonable, considering what Vick and have others signed for.
    I get what you’re saying but in truth, Brady’s been signing for less than his market value his whole career in N.E.

  18. jprcox says: Jan 21, 2013 1:20 PM

    Part of me feels Brady simply likes slot receivers and TE’s. Welker is mostly clutch, but its hard to imagine you couldn’t get 80-90% of his production for 30% of the price. Basically, Welker would want more than Brady makes, and 80% of what Manning makes.

    Pats need to spend that money on Defense – 2 or 3 good players, not 1 role player.

  19. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Jan 21, 2013 1:51 PM

    At this juncture, Wes Welker needs to think about Wes Welker. If, for whatever reason, New England is unwilling to extend a compensation package which Wes deems fair, then he needs to secure such a contract elsewhere. Welker has nothing more to prove to the Patriots. If anything, the Patriots have something to prove to him. Even with a healthy “Gronk” and Hernandez, a Welker-less New England Patriots will only be a shadow on offense of its former self.

  20. CKL says: Jan 21, 2013 3:17 PM

    I love WW and want him to retire a Patriot. Besides his skills, he has that fierceness about him that is so important in a team’s attitude.
    That said, if he wants a bunch of money and leaves, I will wish him well. I don’t get mad when players leave for money as long as they are honest about it.

  21. badintent says: Jan 22, 2013 2:35 AM

    Gmen will take him now, Pats are cheap, theylet Seymour walk, same with Ellis, Branch.They are losing rings by being cheap and stupid.As great as Bellick is he can’t win games without great players. When Bill was DC for SB Gmen winners, he had 3 All Pro LB s and 2 HOF LBs, Talyor and Carson.. Kraft has Bidwelltois

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