With all of the recent speculation surrounding the possibility of the Patriots trading for Percy Harvin, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that Harvin to the Patriots all but guarantees the end of Wes Welker's tenure in New England. And should Wes Welker head elsewhere, then the harsh reality is that he'll be playing for another team come September. It's a lot like breaking up with a girlfriend, isn't it? You may know it's for the best, but just thinking about her going out with another guy is enough to make you want to sit in the basement and just hydrate yourself into oblivion.

Although maybe that's just me.

Regardless, it's high time that we start to prepare ourselves for the thought of one of the All-Time Great Patriots finishing his career elsewhere. It still may very well not happen, but there are certainly no guarantees. And as much as I'd like to see Welker play for a team that I don't care about in the slightest - like the Detroit Lions - where I can just relax and root for Welker to do well, I know that that isn't the way the football gods operate. Odds are that if Welker goes elsewhere, he will go somewhere that makes my stomach drop just thinking about it.