Wes Welker signed a 2 year, 12 million dollar deal with the Denver Broncos, and they had a chance to match it but chose not too. It is clear the reason they didn’t was because they simply did not want WR Wes Welker back. If they did they could have easily matched that but didn’t, signaling to me thy didn’t want Welker to begin with, and since “legal tampering” began, the Patriots spent some time talking to wide receivers. The Patriots obviously know something most Patriots fan don’t because the Patriots became done with the receiver.
There is two reasons why New England may have opted out on re-signing Welker. Reason number one, they fell in love with another receiver. Danny Amendola being one. New England is in love with the receiver, and when Danny “A.M.” is healthy, he is a great wide out, and posted good numbers with a blow average QB, imagine him with Brady. The Patriots might have some love for Tavon Austin in the draft, and they might be looking to sign a deep threat, or draft one. The Patriots wanted to replace Welker, they wanted more then just Welker, and a player or players out there must have had the Patriots fallen in love with them.
The second reason is the Patriots were tired of dealing with Wes Welker. Last year the Patriots started the season trying to “phase” out Welker, after franchising him, and then did not use the tag again and allowed Welker to test free agency. I say the Patriots have not wanted Welker for over a year now. Maybe Welker’s infamous Super Bowl “drop” made them done, maybe it is his age, or maybe it is him wanting money, either way they became done with Welker over a year ago. The Patriots are ready for younger wide outs and they are trying to start all over at that position. They have no excuse now not to sign some big players.
The Patriots allowed Welker to go to their rivals, Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning , that speaks volume to how much they did not want Wes Welker back.