The decision by the Patriots to allow Wes Welker to depart in free agency is not just the talk of New England, but all the football world. Gathering perspectives on the situation from around the web.
1. Walker: Swap is a mistake. James Walker, who mans the AFC East blog for ESPN.com, says replacing Wes Welker with Danny Amendola is a mistake by the Patriots.
2. A 'crushing blow.' Sports Illustrated's Peter King believes Bill Belichick and the Patriots misjudged Welker's value, and seeing him go to Denver on a reasonably priced contract is a crushing blow to the team.
3. Welker situation 'mishandled' by Pats. Will Brinson, senior NFL blogger for CBS' Eye on Football blog, says that the Patriots mishandled the situation, citing how Welker did everything that was asked of him, however was never rewarded with the deal he wanted.
4. Not about money, but about ego. In the end, this situation doesn't come down to money, it comes down to ego, writes Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sports Net. Curran chronicles previous interactions between Welker's camp and the Patriots, and how the situation came to an ugly end.
5. Welker a 'pawn' to Patriots. Ron Borges of the Boston Herald writes the Welker situation is another example of how there is no love between the Patriots and their players, rather that the team values them as 'commodities'
6. Patriots to blame. Chris Gasper of the Boston Globe believes that the Patriots dropped the ball in this situation, describing Welker as being 'pushed off the contractual cliff' by the team.
7. All about respect. Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe adds that it was all about respect in the end for Welker, as the team didn't show him enough of it.
8. Indefensible. One word is all Kirk Minihane of WEEI.com needs to describe his take on the move.
9. Multiple message sent. Jarrett Bell of the USA Today dives into the multiple messages sent by the decision, one of which is 'Good riddance, Wes. We'll be fine.'
10. Welker a big winner. Don Banks of Sports Illustrated says that even if Welker is a "system" receiver, he's going to another team suited for his skills (and one that has Peyton Manning). That makes him a big winner of Wednesday.
11. Doesn't pay to play in the slot. Clark Judge of CBSSports.com details the value of being a slot receiver, which doesn't pay nearly as much as a perimeter, downfield threat such as Mike Wallace.
12. Sharp Elway. Fellow CBSSports.com writer Pete Prisco opines that Broncos executive John Elway knows exactly what he's doing as an evaluator, as adding Welker is a big time move for Denver.