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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: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:22 am
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

He's the best at the slot position period. Considering what he's been getting paid over the last four seasons one year at 9.5 million is a bargain. It's fun and amazing watching someone who physically has no business playing NFL football dominate year after year. and the reason - because he's disciplined, intelligent and has no fear. Can you argue that without Brady, would Welker be as successful?Absolutelty - but that's a two way road.  



Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:22 am
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Bassmaster, just because your dream team didn't amount to garbage doesn't mean you ought to be a hater. Karma is a bitch and maybe you will be lucky enough to have it bite you in the butt and you get to suffer some serious injury or illness.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:20 am
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

ARE YOU DRUNK OR JUST STUPID?


Ted Bassmaster
Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:10 am
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Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:08 am
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

what a stupid remark to make, clearly you are the classless bum. philly was a classless, over-rated team last year and you should return to fishing because football is too difficult for you to understand.


Ted Bassmaster
Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:01 am
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Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:47 am
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

i like wes...great threat in the slot....but 14-15 mil a yr...thats insane.....he should be happy with 3ry/27mil per.....he doesnt catch 122 on average from 28 of the other qbs in league...maybe even 29....only 2 other offenses that support his strengths...green bay and new orleans...thats it...every where else...70-80 catches...maybe....2-4 tds...thats it...1 other place where he would be a great fit is detroit....but if u give welker 14 per....what does MEGATRON get..lol..not enuf cap room to go around...thats what makes football the best....



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:58 am
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

If you put Edelmen in there and throw to him as many times as you do Welker, he won't catch as many as Welker does, but at the end of the season I bet he'd have 80-90 receptions.



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:54 am
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Slot receivers in the NFL are like shooting guards in the NBA - swing a dead cat and you'll hit one.




Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:53 am
 

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Troy Brown didn't put up those numbers because the Patriots were a different team then.  They actually ran the ball consistently.  They have gotten away from the running game and mysteriously have not won the superbowl since. 


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