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Gresh & Zo: Should The Patriots Keep Wes Welker?

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 05: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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The NFL Network’s Bert Breer came in for his final weekly visit of the football season.

The non-catch by Wes Welker in the fourth quarter has been debated all week. Some say the throw from Tom Brady could have been better and others say Welker should have caught it.

The question this offseason is will that catch come back to haunt him in free agency?

Gresh, Zo and Bert debated whether Wes Welker deserves to come back as a top paid receiver in New England. Is he worth it is as a possession receiver?

“Remember, Bill Belichick was in New York with Wayne Chrebet, and saw how quickly that fell apart. He saw Troy Brown, who was great and found ways to contribute afterwards, but saw Troy Brown go from a 100-catch receiver to ‘hanging on.’ It happens fast with those guys,” said Breer.

“Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski are going to be up after the 2013 season. When they’re thinking about a Welker deal, they’re thinking about ‘what are we putting in 2014 2015;’ they have to account for the fact that at that point, in 2014 and 2015,  when Welker’s production may have fallen off a cliff — because you don’t know what the shelf-life is with those guys — they’re going to have to account for the fact that maybe we don’t just have that number on the books, but then we might have an enormous number for Rob Gronkowski at that point.’”

They also hit on Welker’s overall impact to the team.

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