With the Patriots’ season over, receiver Wes Welker becomes an unrestricted free agent and heads into an uncertain future. Welker said after the game that he doesn’t know if he was playing in New England for the last time.
“I’m not sure,” he said, via CSNNE.com. “I’m not worried about that right now.”
Welker played the 2012 season on the franchise tender of $9.5 million. If the Patriots franchised him again in 2013, they’d have to guarantee him an $11.4 million salary. That’s a lot, but then again losing Welker would be a lot for the Patriots to lose. Last year Welker indicated that he was unhappy playing on the franchise tender, but he declined to get into how he would feel about it this year.
“I’m really not worried about it at all,” Welker said. “Tough loss. Just try to get over it at the moment.”
It was particularly tough for Welker, who had eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown but also had a couple of big drops. Welker has been one of the Patriots’ best and most reliable players in recent years, but he may have walked off the field having lost his last game in a Patriots uniform.