1) I think that Welker has a 3-year contract widow for the pats. Kraft said that the team wanted to sign Welker to a long-term contract (3 years counts I presume). 2) Perhaps Kraft will simply wait Welker out. It seems likely that Welker's numbers will be down in 2012 with the additions to the receiving corps and a likely de-emphasizing of Welker. This is NOT wrong in any way. Brady needs to rely on more targets as well as use his running backs more (as runniners and receivers). 3) Welker will get paid almost $10M this year. The open question is how he will be worth in 2013 and 2014 to the patriots and to other teams. I could see Welker getting $12M next year from us if his value and stats continue. 2014 is another story entirely. A contract through 2014, with a low amount of new money in 2014 seem best for one and all.