Former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin and 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss both believe the New England would be crazy to let Wes Welker leave in free agency.
“Absolutely, absolutely crazy. But I also think Wes would be crazy leaving the Patriots,” said Irvin, per the Boston Herald. “What you need is a great coach that says, ‘I recognize your skill set. Let me make sure I ask you to do what you do best.’ That’s what Wes does. That’s what New England does with Wes. That’s why it’s a perfect fit.
“Tom Brady loves throwing inside. You’ve got (Rob Gronkowski) who is going to give you vertical size and also get you up the field vertical, but you need that small guy that works in small spaces. Wes is that guy. As long as you have Tom Brady, you better have Wes Welker, or you will see Tom Brady not (playing) like Tom Brady.”
Moss says Welker does all of the “dirty work.”
“It was a great combination because of what we were able to do to benefit from one another,” Moss said. “He’s the wide receiver that you need for your dirty work. I can honestly say, and I’m not telling you something you don’t already know, he does the dirty work up there. He takes the hits across the middle. He takes the short routes and takes them 20, 30, 40 yards for the first down or maybe the touchdown. You can really appreciate the guy’s work.”
With the salary cap being so flat and the fact that Welker is approaching his mid-30’s I think the Patriots are making the right move by standing their ground.