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Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots’ problem is still leaky defense

Wes Welker isn’t coming back through that door, but the measure of the Patriots’ offseason is who is coming through the Gillette Stadium doors on defense.

It’s the Patriots’ prerogative if they wanted to move on from Welker. Bill Belichick’s track record of letting players go shows that he’s been right significantly more often than he’s been wrong about parting ways with a core player. His Hoodiness viewed Welker as expendable; otherwise the Patriots would have been willing to make a bigger expenditure.

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