Gasper: Patriots preparing for life after Welker?

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Gasper: Patriots preparing for life after Welker?

Chris Gasper offers his take on the Wes Welker situation, noting that it may not be a result of competition for the slot receiver spot, but rather a result of the need to keep Brandon Lloyd on the field.

Gasper doesn't think the drop in targets for Welker is "purely football related", citing a possible business motive in which the Patriots realize Welker may not be back next season and they need to prepare his eventual replacement(s).

Mazz takes a little more offense to the Patriots approach when it comes to handling the franchise tag.

Highlights: Atlanta Hawks 114, Boston Celtics 98

Highlights: Atlanta Hawks 114, Boston Celtics 98

Tempers flared between the Celtics and Hawks, but Atlanta was able to get the best of Boston as they get the victory in the TD Garden.

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Capitals for a 1st, conditional 2nd, and a prospect. Mike Felger believes if the Bruins were to trade Zdeno Chara, they might be able to get two 1st round picks.