Mike Freeman of CBS Sports reports that league sources have mentioned that there’s “more than some remote possibility” the New England Patriots are preparing to put WR Wes Welker on the trading block.
Welker’s recent demotion has come as shock to many, as has the increased snaps for Julian Edelman, who the Patriots are hoping to have as Welker’s replacement. Talks between the Pats and Welker went nowhere months ago, and it seems even more unlikely that they’ll be willing to compromise on a long-term contract a year later.
Normally, players like Welker are not available at the trade deadline, but the NFL did us a favor and pushed it back until after Week 8, which will allow teams to mortgage their future in the hopes of making a playoff run.
This will definitely be a topic that we’ll be monitoring closely in the coming weeks.