Potential Welker suitors 

March, 6, 2013
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Mike Giardi of CSNNE.com reported Tuesday that Wes Welker and the New England Patriots were "closing in on a multi-year contract" and ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss wrote Monday that "it would be a surprise if he's not back next season, and even a few more after that." However, while it may well end up being the case that the Pats and Welker will ink a long-term contract extension, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Wednesday on SportsCenter that Welker won't sign on the dotted line until free agency begins next week.

"First and foremost, Wes Welker does not plan to re-sign with New England before first testing the free-agent market," Schefter said. "That doesn't mean that he couldn't wind up back in New England. A lot of people around the league believe ultimately he will, but he first wants to see what his value will be on the street. And if there's a suitor out there who wants to pay for Wes Welker, he's willing to move on from New England at this point in time."

Who might come calling for the pass-catching machine? ESPN NFL Insider KC Joyner pegs the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets as logical landing spots for Welker. Although the Jets securing Welker from their division rival would make for a great story, Joyner thinks the Bucs might make the most sense for Welker:

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