Wes Welker's future in New England is uncertain as he could be headed to free agency.
Two of the top receivers in NFL history – one in the Hall of Fame and the other headed there in Michael Irvin and Randy Moss, respectively – say the Patriots would be making a mistake to let Welker walk away.
“Absolutely, absolutely crazy. But I also think Wes would be crazy leaving the Patriots,” Irvin told the Boston Herald. “What you need is a great coach that says, ‘I recognize your skill set. Let me make sure I ask you to do what you do best.’ That’s what Wes does. That’s what New England does with Wes. That’s why it’s a perfect fit.
“Tom Brady loves throwing inside. You’ve got (Rob Gronkowski) who is going to give you vertical size and also get you up the field vertical, but you need that small guy that works in small spaces. Wes is that guy. As long as you have Tom Brady, you better have Wes Welker, or you will see Tom Brady not (playing) like Tom Brady.”
Likewise, Moss, who was Welker's teammate with the Patriots for a while, says Brady and New England would be better off keeping Welker on board.
“It was a great combination because of what we were able to do to benefit from one another,” Moss said. “He’s the wide receiver that you need for your dirty work. I can honestly say, and I’m not telling you something you don’t already know, he does the dirty work up there. He takes the hits across the middle. He takes the short routes and takes them 20, 30, 40 yards for the first down or maybe the touchdown. You can really appreciate the guy’s work.”
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