Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at 12 p.m. ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Wes Welker and why a two-year, $12 million deal wasn't enough to keep him in New England.
2. Patriots still in the mix for free-agent cornerback Aqib Talib.
3. What to make of the Patriots' "passive" approach early in free agency.
4. Quarterback Tom Brady and his reaction to Wes Welker's defection.
5. Offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer still on the market.