Re: How important is Wes Welker and why he should stay a Patriot well beyond this season
posted at 11/11/2012 7:59 PM EST
In response to viewer222's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
But the issue is not how good Wes has been. That has been fairly well established over the past year of these posts. The question is what is his value moving forward? The Pats are taking the stance that they will not pay Wes for past performance. They are also taking the stance there will be regression in years 2,3 and 4 of his next contract, simply due to age.
Its been pretty well documented that the Pats feel the rest of the NFL agrees, and that the Pats are comfortable telling Wes to find his best deal, and give them the courtesy of last call. I think at the end of the day, Wes will find most of the NFL agrees with the Pats $$$ value on Wes, and he will end up signing a contract with the Pats.
[/QUOTE]Response: especially to this line:"The Pats are taking the stance that they will not pay Wes for past performance."
One of the biggest factors when negotiating a new conyract is--- PAST PERFORMANCE especially recent past performance. McDaniels choice to try to do without Welker at the beginning of the year, illustrates that Wes has not lost anything!
I didn't say Wes has lost anything. I said that the Pats feel that in years 2,3 potential Wes gets to 4, Wes won't be catching 100 balls a year. Especially if Hernandez and Gronk can stay healthy.
Also this stupid quote" most of the NFL agrees with the Pats $$$ value on Wes"
It only takes ONE team that thinks that Wes is worthy of a solid contract. What are the chances that no team will offer him a substancial contract?---- NONE
If Pats don't reach an agreement with Wes, they will franchise him again. Pats will be happy to pay him 1/$11 or 2/$18. They probably would go 3/$24 with $16 guaranteed. I think it's pretty obvious Pats have read the market correctly, and no one is paying more than that for Wes.
Also the general tone of your statements does not paint a very nice picture of the Pats management=Sliding by without rewarding one of the teams most productive players (Actually on offense, Wes is the second most productive player after Brady)
Wow, talk about a stupid comment.
I don't agree with that tone The Patriots have rewarded VW and Brady. though the Pats management has not always "stepped up to the plate", they have in situations. Nobody wants to play for teams that don't reward productive players.
Pats aren't "rewarding" anyone. They will pay what they perceive to be fair market value for go forward performance. Go ask Asante, Seymour, Vrabel, Vinatieri, Branch, Mankins et al how nice the Pats are.