Wes Welker rumors indicate that he may be close to leaving the New England Patriots. Welker will test free agency, putting his services out there for the highest bidder. According to a report from Wednesday (March 6), Welker has also indicated that he isn't opposed to simply walking away from the Patriots.
The Patriots decided not to place the franchise tag on Welker this offseason, making him eligible for free agency for the first time. Last season he made $9.5 million, but another franchise tag would have boosted his 2013 salary to $11.4 million. The team probably felt that it was simply too much to pay him, despite the great numbers that he put up again in 2012.
Welker caught 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns last season, making him one of the most prolific receivers in the NFL. He also caught eight passes for 117 yards in the AFC Championship Game, even though the Patriots ended up losing to the Baltimore Ravens. Now the team might have to figure out how to replace numbers like that very soon.
While there are plenty of Wes Welker rumors about how he will test free agency, he hasn't been linked to many teams just yet. There are certainly quite a few that could use a good slot receiver, though, so expect his name to start popping up quite frequently.
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