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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: 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

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:45 pm

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Don't get all cranked up over bassmaster,  the Eagles logo screams loser so much that it is pointless to respond.  He's probably wearing a Wilburt Montgomery shirt in his mom's basement.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:22 pm

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Hey, If the Patriots dont want him, Im sure there are 31 other teams that will line up to sign him. I for one would love to see him come up to Buffalo and play against New England twice a year and let him stick it too them. This guy is an awesome player, he misses one catch in the Super Bowl and people are treading him. He led the team in receptions all year AGAIN. Not a guy in the league can cover him.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:13 pm

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Bassmaster, your name says it all...ASSMASTER.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:42 pm

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Most abusive and offensive langugae ever see allowed on CBS Sports website. EVER!!! What the heck are your webmasters doing?

Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:19 pm

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

14-15mm he's asking and he's not sent packing like Moss or Seymour??  The reason the Pats lost the past 2 seasons is because outside of not having a running game or secondary, the Jets and Giants boxed them in when it mattered.  They can get by meaningless games in the regular season with the best O-line and QB in football, but without a deep threat(Moss), they're a one trick pony and lost when it mattered most.  WW's almost catch would've pulled off the unthinkable in the SB, but the Giants were clearly the more balanced team.  If WW takes a reasonalble deal, and they bring back Moss for the minimum, they'll win the SB next yr.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:23 pm

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

bress very well put. im surprised they allowed that one.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:21 pm

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

he is a good player. iam glad he droppedthat important pass, with brady and hos non football hoopla. little chcken feet coach is no jewel either.

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:19 am

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

Teejay the Patriots havent won a super bowl since 2004 but it isnt because they've abandoned the running game, it is because their defensive standouts all got old.

When you had guys like Ty Law the best cover corner, safeties like Lawyer Milloy and Rodney Harrison, linebackers like Teddy Bruschi, Willie Mcginest, Mike Vrabel and a stud end like Seymour who swallowed up the running game it's not easy to replace that.

Granted, the Pats have Wilfork, Chung and Mayo now who are a nice foundation but their other corners and linebackers are pretty substandard compared to what they had before. We had the 31st ranked defense this year and until it's fixed and until McCourty can find his confidence again as a cover corner winning the super bowl wont be happening.

Funny thing is if they could just get one pass rusher it could cover up alot of weaknesses in the secondary but when the trade for Julius Peppers fell through the Patriots did not draft a real rusher, they instead opted for Haynesworth who was basically useless. 

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:01 am

Report: Pats 'likely' to franchise tag Wes Welker

TedBassmaster from Philly... simply put, you are the BIGGEST LOSER.  To even think of stuff so nasty is bad... when you commit it to writing, you are a pathetic loser.  Get off your computer, and go ask your mommy if you can have some waffles for breakfast.

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