The controversy that has erupted around the
“He’s still a factor even though he’s not ‘The Guy,’” cornerback
Welker – who led the
That may not seem like much of a controversy, but
There is some speculation in the media that covers the Patriots that the organization is retaliating against Welker, who dragged his feet before signing a one-year franchise tender that raised his salary from $2.15 million in 2011 to $9.5 million this year. But that sounds far-fetched when considering that coach
When asked during a conference call whether Welker was still valued by the organization, Belichick asked, "Is there any reason he wouldn't be?"
Belichick insisted that Welker's playing time has not changed from previous seasons.
"If you look at Wes' playing time over the years that he's been with us – it's been going on for five years – that's been pretty consistent for him," Belichick said. "The playing time has been pretty consistent."
Like the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Welker, the 5-10, 200-pound Edelman is a crafty possession receiver who is also an adept run blocker. But that's where the comparisons end, according to Williams.