Wes Welker - WR - Patriots Comcast Sports New England's Tom Curran speculates that Wes Welker and the Patriots are headed for a "contractual mud wrestle." Welker, 30, leads the NFL with 432 catches over the past four seasons and is scheduled for just a $2.15 million salary in 2011. It's also a contract year. Whether Welker pursues a heftier price tag this or next offseason remains to be seen, but it's coming. Welker likely would've asked for a new contract last year if he wasn't recovering from major knee and shoulder surgeries.