Wes Welker wants to finish his career catching passes from Tom Brady. He wants to be in an offense that’s perfectly suited to his game. He wants to secure his final contract in a place where he’s comfortable and has established his life and legacy. Welker has made no secret of those wishes. He’s pretty much been an open book when it comes to his desire to remain with the Patriots. And that is the ultimate endgame for both sides. The Pats would like to lock him up, as well. That’s the perfect-world scenario. Although there have been reports that discussions have been held — and others that hard feelings may be lingering — we are three days away from the NFL’s new legal tampering period when teams are permitted to contact pending free agents. And still no definitive signs of movement on putting Welker back in Brady’s huddle. Not yet, anyway. The hope has always been to have a deal in place by the time free agency begins March 12. But don’t be surprised if Welker and his representatives are fielding offers this weekend. This is Welker’s chance to find out where he actually stands in the open market, and the smart money says he’ll seize the opportunity before finalizing anything with the Pats. With that in mind, is there a team lurking that might blow Welker away? Or make a decision that’s pretty much been made, a little more difficult? Let’s start with Denver. Think if Peyton Manning told John Elway he wanted Welker to be his slot receiver, Elway wouldn’t move mountains to get him? Isn’t that what he did to get Manning? After Brady, catching passes from Manning wouldn’t be such a terrible second choice. Former Pats center Dan Koppen found life in Denver with Manning wasn’t so bad. Then there’s Indianapolis. The Colts certainly have the cap room to make a reasonable offer. They also need better targets for Andrew Luck. He was great throwing to Reggie Wayne and a cast of no-names last season. If you give the kid a few more legitimate receivers, that offense might really soar.
Pats not in perfect world
Boston Herald | Mar 6