FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, who is in the final year of a five-year, $18 million deal he signed with New England in 2007, said Wednesday he wants to stay with the Patriots.
“Well, of course I want to stay here,” Welker said in a conference call with Dallas media. “But as of right now, I don’t really think about it. I just try to focus on this year and everything I can do to help the team this year.”
Welker, who was acquired by the Patriots from Miami prior to the start of the 2007 season, has caught more passes than any other receiver in the NFL in that time. He said Wednesday that he wouldn’t be the receiver he is without quarterback Tom Brady.
“There’s no question. There’s no way I would,” Welker said. ”I think in my time in Miami I went through four or five quarterbacks and didn’t play as much. Being here, with Tom, in this offense, I am not going to sit here and say I’d have the same numbers. No way.”
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