Speculation continues to run rampant about the immediate future of veteran wide receiver Wes Welker. The New England Patriots appeared close to signing the veteran to a lucrative long-term deal recently, but now things have changed according to ESPN's Adam Schefter as of March 6:
Reports have continued to surface about Welker's contract talks with the Patriots over the past few weeks with some saying the perennial Pro Bowler was on his way out and others claiming it was only a matter of time before a deal was going to get done between the two sides.
As of right now, it appears that Welker may very well be playing elsewhere next season. The Patriots have been reluctant to agree to Welker's terms and as a result the team may have pushed him out of New England altogether.
As arguably the most productive and consistent wideout in the NFL, Welker will receive a considerable amount of interest around the league once officially a free agent on March 12. Interested teams will make it extremely difficult for the Patriots to make lucrative contract offers leading to the belief that Welker leaving New England is a foregone conclusion.
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