Patriots did not win this years AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens like they barely did in the championship last season. Tight ends Gronkowski and Hernandez both got new contracts after last season but receiver Wes Welker did not — he got the franchise tag when Patriots were debating if they should keep him or not.
Brady speaks about his go-to guy Welker:
Everybody knows how I feel about Wes, our whole team feels that way about Wes,” Brady said. “He’s just one of the best players I’ve played with and played against. He’s just a phenomenal player, and he’s been the heart and soul of what our team is all about. He’s been so selfless, and the way that he carries himself and commits himself to help our team win, it’s second-to-none. But like I said, those aren’t my decisions.” – ESPN