The latest will-he-stay-or-will-he-go speculation about Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who becomes a free agent tomorrow, currently appears to be focusing on Welker staying in New England.
When we last examined the Welker sweepstakes, it looked like the Patriots were the favorites, but barely. This morning Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported that Welker is widely believed to be staying in New England.
Welker indicated last year that he wasn’t happy the Patriots put the franchise tag on him, and in the last week we’ve heard there was paranoia about the Patriots’ plans within the Welker camp, and that Welker would love to “stick it to the Patriots.” So given that, it’s a little surprising that almost everyone seems to believe he’ll end up staying in New England.
But the bottom line is that there’s no NFL offense better suited for Welker’s talents than New England. In the end, staying in place is the move that makes the most sense.