Before the 2012-13 season, the Indianapolis Colts began to be the subject of much speculation as team owner Jim Irsay hinted at a huge trade that was coming prior to the season opener. Numerous big-name players were rumored to be the target, including Mike Wallace and Maurice Jones-Drew.

One of the rumors—which was completely unsubstantiated and proven false—was that the target was Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, whom the Patriots have had contract issues with for the last couple of offseasons.

Many Colts fans were excited at this prospect, thinking that Welker could come in and be another high-production veteran leader at a position with a lot of young players.

Now that Welker's contract is up once again, and the negotiations between the Patriots and Welker appear to be faltering, Indianapolis has been brought up as a potential landing spot.

With over $40 million in cap space and wide receiver being a major positional need, the speculation isn't surprising. However, it would still be a poor move for the Colts to pick up the 31-year-old receiver in 2013 free agency spree for several reasons.

It's not that Welker wouldn't fit with Pep Hamilton's West Coast infusions in the Colts' new offense. In fact, the receiver's lateral quickness and knowledge of coverages make him a great addition to any West Coast offense.