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Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:17 pm
 
Welkers will reportedly get the franchise tag from New England. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

We've mentioned Wes Welker's name several times over the past few weeks. Once as our pick for the top available free-agent wide receiver and previously as a player on whom the franchise tag would probably be used.

And that appears to be the case: according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots "are likely" to utilize the franchise tag and place it on Welker before the March 5 deadline, in order to prevent Welker from hitting the open market. If Welker signed his tender, he would receive a guaranteed, one-year salary of $9.5 million.

There was some belief that the Patriots wouldn't commit that much cash in guaranteed money to Welker and would let him test the market and then attempt to re-sign him at a lower rate than what Welker reportedly wants (it's believed he wants to be paid somewhere in the range of $14 to $15 million per year).

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reported on Saturday that the logic behind the Patriots change of heart is that the market for Welker in free agency would be "incredibly active."

The last time New England used the franchise tag, things did not go smoothly. Logan Mankins, one of the defendants in the Lockout Lawsuit, held out for seven games after the labor crisis was resolved.

And there's a chance that a similar stand-off could occur with Welker if the two sides don't reach a long-term deal. Welker's critical to the Patriots offense -- he has 554 receptions and 6,105 receiving yards since 2007 -- but he would also like to be paid like one of the top wideouts in the game and given his age and previous injury history, the security of one more big contract.

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Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:55 am
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Wes Welker is definitely a terrific WR. BUT if he's going after 14-15 mil, his head is swollen. If he thinks he's worth more than someone like Aaron Rodgers, that's ridiculous. The contracts of late are getting far too out of control. Teams can't afford to pay a couple of players huge money and expect the rest of the team to take a lot less, restructure contracts etc. Salary caps are set and only permit so much money to go around. OMG. Ticket prices for fans are already high enough. What do these players expect from people who have to work for years to make what they do in one game. Ridiculous. And Wes has also been injured at times and no doubt will suffer more injury as he gets older. I could live off the interest of 1 mil for the rest of my life. Some of these players need to get back to earth and quit being so greedy. Tag him for 9 mil. It's still too much money. It happens on every team with many players, but they don't seem to want to share the available money. That's not being a good team player, no matter who you are or what you've done in the past. Last season there were a lot of free agents who picked up huge contracts and played like crap. It appears as though the more they get, the less effort they put forth. Not all, but most. If these players haven't learned how to invest properly and spend wisely, it's their fault for being stupid and arrogant. It's an epidemic that has to be halted at some point or soon a cheap seat in nose bleed sections will cost $500 and no ordinary, hard working football fan will be able to afford more that maybe 1 ticket per season. We may love sports, but the overblown salaries will ruin the game eventually. 



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:57 pm
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

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Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:44 am
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Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:40 pm
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

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Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:36 pm
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

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Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:30 pm
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

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Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:27 pm
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

YOUR STUPID.  BEST HANDS IN FOOTBALL,    EXCEPT IN SUPER BOWL.   BEST WIDE OUT IN THE GAME




Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Wes Welker is a gem. If a franchise tag is what it takes to keep him in, so be it. 



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:56 pm
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

I think the problem for Welker is that the rest of the NFL knows he's a product of the scheme, Brady, and Belicheat. Sure he's good but he's not worth nearly as much to other teams as he is to the Pats. Other than the Packers or Colts with a healthy Peyton, on another team his numbers are cut in half.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:20 pm
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Welker isn't woth what he will get paid under the tag. I would explore the market


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