Curran: Welker deserves a big payday

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Curran: Welker deserves a big payday

Prior to the 2007 season, the Patriots signed Wes Welker to a five-year, 18 million contract. As Tom E. Curran points out, "Tom Brady pulls down in one year pretty much more than Welker has made over five."

So now, says Curran, it's time for the Pats to pay up.

"Truth: The Patriots have gotten over on Welker big time," Curran said Thursday night on 'Quick Slants'. "Look simply at how different this offense would be without him. His presence is as vital to this group as Tom Brady's is . . .

"Look, the money's going out the door. Logan Mankins cashed in and Vince Wilfork cashed in, both deservedly so. Welker deserves to get him some, too. And if he doesn't get it here, he owes it to himself to chase it elsewhere, even though he'll never be nearly as effective in another uniform, another program."

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tyreek Hill had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return, Kansas City's defense made life miserable for Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, and the Chiefs beat the Raiders 21-13 on a frigid Thursday night to take control of the AFC West.

Charcandrick West also had a touchdown run for the Chiefs (10-3). They moved into a first-place tie with Oakland (10-3) but holds the tiebreaker with two wins over their longtime divisional rival.

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