Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker will be a free-agent if the team doesn't sign him.(Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker's future with the team is uncertain, but quarterback Tom Brady wants one of his favorite targets back with team to make another postseason run.
Welker will be a free-agent in the offseason unless the Patriots slap him with the franchise tag again or sign him to a long-term deal. Welker received the tag in 2012 and he received a $9.5 million salary. This season, he led the team with 118 catches and 1,354 yards. He also scored six touchdowns.
"I think those business parts of the game are ... those usually take care of themselves," Brady said to Boston radio station WEEI. "Certainly I'm not involved in any of those. Everybody knows how I feel about Wes, our whole team feels that way about Wes. 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."
Welker had eight catches for 117 yards in the team's 28-13 AFC Championship loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.