- Mike Reiss, ESPN New England Patriots reporter
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Passing along a few Wes Welker- and Aqib Talib-based links during the "legal tampering" period of free agency:
1. King -- potential depressed market for slot receivers. In his "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece on SI.com, Peter King writes, "Some teams were talking to agents over the weekend and implying that if your guy doesn't take what we're going to offer, we've got two or three others we can get for less money. One of the spots that could be happening is slot receiver, where Wes Welker (widely believed to be staying in New England), Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and lesser others clog the market, and another is tackle, with a plethora of candidates who could push prices down."
2. Pompei -- Welker's value highest to Patriots. In his "Sunday Blitz" piece on the National Football Post website, Dan Pompei lists his top "free agents to be cautious about." Welker is on the list. "He is 31 years old and has not slowed down according to pro scouts. But there is little chance of him being as productive and valuable in any other system and with any other quarterback." Talib also finds his way on the list.
3. Schein -- Talib among riskiest. Putting togeter a list of riskiest free agents for NFL.com, Adam Schein includes Talib. "For the record, I think he will re-up with New England. And he should. Talib is supremely talented, but troubled. Bill Belichick can handle him and coach him up. Tom Brady and the locker room can police him. And he fits an area of need at cornerback."
Passing along a few Wes Welker- and Aqib Talib-based links during the "legal tampering" period of free agency:1. King -- potential depressed market for slot receivers.