People are saying he is old and losing productivity. I say, wrong! Look at this year, 31yrs old and he is just as consistent as previous years. But, if you look at how important Welker is to the Patriots success, you will find that he is a #1 receiver. He has produced more than any Patriots receiver and is durable. He clicks with Brady, a VERY IMPORTANT attribute. People are trying to replace Welker with Edelman, DannyAmendola, etc.. Edelman is cheap, but, he is injury prone. Not reliable. Amendola is a very good slot receiver, but he too is injury prone. Not reliable. Other options may not panned out, or a sure thing. Welker will be 32 in 2013 season. he probably has 2-3 years left. I would think 9m/yr with guaranteed 2.5yrs would not be too bad. Keep him as long as Brady can play. Also remember that the Patriots have not had a good track record on drafting and signing WRs. Welker is a known quantity. Do the Patriots really want to roll the dice with Brady nearing his end of career?