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Welker simplifies his route

WR could have sat out and played hardball with Pats, but that's just not him

Updated: May 15, 2012, 9:33 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

One of Wes Welker's specialties is the option route, in which he releases off the line of scrimmage and, based on the coverage in front of him, decides which direction to go. His synergy with quarterback Tom Brady on those read-and-react plays can be lethal.

On Tuesday, Welker ran a different type of option route -- a contractual one.

Perhaps coming to the realization that he has little leverage in negotiations with the Patriots, especially since he wasn't willing to ...

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