Re: Does Welker Want to Cement his Chance For the Hall and Greatness (sb's) in New Eng. or strictly got fro the $
posted at 12/12/2012 1:52 PM EST
This is one of the only things I hate about football...
If a rookie comes into the league and holds out for a big contract, everyone jumps on him for being greedy without having proved anything.
When a veteran player holds out before his contract is up, everyone jumps on him for not fulfilling his contract.
When a veteran player fulfills his contract, and gets franchised because he completely outperformed wildest expectations, everyone says the franchise tag is part of the collective bargaining agreement.
Here's my question...how does a guy like Wes Welker EVER get paid???
He comes into the league, pays his dues, keeps his nose clean, does everything the right way, is a stellar teammate, tougher than nails, always honors his contract...and yet, somehow, manages to get into his 30's without ever getting a long term contract the likes of which are given to receivers of lesser accomplishment. What the heck was he supposed to do?
Now people say his skills are declining. Of course they are. He is in his 30's and has taken thousands of big hits...without a single complaint. I counted 5 dropped balls from Wes on Monday night, more than I can ever remember. But he also made an amazing catch near the goals line to set up the Hernandez touchdown.
People who say, "He's just a slot receiver," are nuts. There are none other like him. People who say, "Well, he's only great because he plays with Brady," are equally nuts. Name me one other receiver who has played with Brady and caught 100 passes 5 times? Hint: there aren't any, so Welker must be pretty darn good by himself.
Lastly, people who say this offense can hum just as well without Welker just plain don't get football. Converting on third down is eveything in this league. Teams that can do it compete for Super Bowls; teams that can't compete for high draft picks. Welker moves chains as well, if not better, than any receiver in NFL history; he's a human first-down maker.
And the moment he is gone, we will miss him.