Wes Welker A Regular Reminder Of Miami’s Mistakes

December 1, 2012 6:00 AM
Wes Welker A Regular Reminder Of Miami’s Mistakes
" BOSTON (CBS) — The only thing worse than trading away an all-world-caliber receiver for essentially nothing is trading away an all-world-caliber receiver for essentially nothing and having to try to defend him twice every year.

Just ask the Miami Dolphins.

Those Dolphins decided only to offer restricted free agent Wes Welker a qualifying offer following the 2006 season, when Welker caught 67 passes for 687 yards on a 6-10 team which had Joey Harrington, Cleo Lemon and Daunte Culpepper all starting games at quarterback. Welker had more receptions than any other Dolphin and he was second behind Marty Booker in receiving yards, and he served as the team’s only punt returner. Despite the breakout season, the Dolphins only offered Welker a $1.3 million salary, and they later sent him to New England in exchange for a second- and seventh-round draft pick.

Those draft picks turned into Samson Satele and Abraham Wright. Welker turned into the league’s most reliable receiver.

Of course, he likely wouldn’t have risen to such a high ranking without having Tom Brady throwing him passes in a system which utilized his skills "

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