kearly wrote:I lean towards Welker. He was good before NE. He's not playing his age yet, and fast players tend to age better. He'd sign a shorter contract because of his age. Welker is the best slot WR in the NFL, he'd be an enormous upgrade over Baldwin. He is very hard to defend, and can get open at will. He's even a deep threat.
I'd be very surprised if New England let him hit UFA, but if they did, I'd love to see Seattle schedule him a visit.
See, the reason I think he may be more likely to hit the market than the others (outside of 60 year old Greg Jennings) is cause they have Julian Edelman waiting around. Obviously at this point he isn't the same receiver Welker is, but Belichick isn't going to overspend on any player besides Brady. That's how they have built their team for the past decade and won't change now. They have had no problem letting go of players who wanted more than they were willing to offer (this is how I invision our FO acting in the next 5 years.) Julian has proved to be reliable in the slot role before his injury. If their FO feels they can get similar results from Edelman with Brady picking apart defenses, I truly feel they would let Wes go.
Now, if I was Wes Welker I would take whatever the best offer NE gave me because he isn't going to have another QB throwing to him like Brady for the rest of his career. But if Wes is looking to get an upper tier contract, which I doubt the Pats will give him, I could see him looking for a team like us to go to. He is immediately an upgrade over Baldwin and finds a way to consistently get open against defenses. I would sign him in a heart beat. His contract won't be nearly as difficult to cover as a Larry Fitzgerald would be.
From this list though, I personally would love to have Dwayne Bowe come here. Regardless of his drop problem, he is a huge red zone target and consistently makes big plays in that area. Our offense doesn't need a guy who consistently can beat coverage for needed passes since Russell has the ability to extend plays. If we can get Dwayne for a reasonable contract I am 100% on board for that. If Andy Reid wants to deal for Matt Flynn as a part of it then that kills two birds with one stone.