http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm Do we take a stab at RFA Wes Welker in exchange for a second rounder? He is young, an impact player on ST, and an underrated receiver. Think Troy in his glory years. Statistics aside they both have intangibles that many overlook and with Troy possibly retiring he would move right in as a long term replacement. He's clutch and everything I've read about him leads me to believe he's a good locker room presence and a believer in the team concept. It comes down to whether you believe we can get better production out of a (low) second rounder. Many say it takes at least 2 years for a receiver to adapt to the NFL, so that should be weighed also. We've had mixed results with second rounder receivers so far, Branch = great, Bethel = bust, CJ = ???. WW would remove most of that uncertainty, but we'd sacrifice the upside of a possible #1 receiver (like Branch). In comparison to the Dillon trade, it seems like we'd be getting less value. But assuming Dillon is gone, we got only 3 years out of him and only 1 really great season. Welker is in his prime, we could sign him long term and he'd be a contributer in two phases of the game. If any non-Pats receiver seems like he should be donning the Blue/Silver, it's Welker. I think he is worth the price.