Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe discussed the very real possibility that this will be Patriots WR Wes Welker’s last season in New England.
"Provided he's healthy and is around 100 catches, I don't see how Welker returns. If the Patriots were going to use the tag ($11.4 million) again, they would have saved money by signing him for cheaper money now. Either the Patriots let Welker walk after this season, or they tag and trade him to keep him out of the hands of a division rival (namely the Jets). The big losers are Patriots fans, but at least in those scenarios the Patriots get one more chance at a title with Welker this season, and then Welker finally gets his payday, albeit from another team. The Patriots move on with Hernandez in the slot, Welker gets the financial security he's due, and everyone lives happily ever after."