Let me tell you the real difference between Victor Cruz and Wes Welker.
Cruz makes plays in huge spots and Welker has had two HUGE drops in the past two years. One cost them a SB chamionship and the other a few months ago changed the AFC chamionship game around and could have been the turning point to prevent the Pats from getting to another SB.
The real reason the Pats made a luke warm effort to keep Welker was that they were sick of his failure to make the play when they needed it.
Cruz on the other hand, made the biggest play of the 2011 season and we would not have won a SB without it. He then went on to have a huge day in the NFC championship game.