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Wes Welker franchise tagged by Patriots

Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:59 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 3:36 pm
 
Welker's been franchised by New England. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

At one point in time, it seemed like the Patriots might let wideout Wes Welker test the free-agency market. When it seemed like the market for Welker's services would be busy, that tone changed and according to our Patriots Rapid Reporter Greg A. Bedard, the Pats have officially decided to place the franchise tag on Welker.

Earlier on Monday, Bedard reported that Welker would receive the tag some time around Monday afternoon, so the news that Welker's been hit with the tag isn't a huge surprise.

"Wes Welker is a remarkable football player for our team and has been a vital component to our offense and special teams since we traded for him in 2007," the Patriots said in a statement released by the team. "Utilizing the franchise designation allows both sides more time to try to reach an agreement, which is the goal. Wes remains a contractual priority and we are hopeful that he will remain a Patriot for years to come."

The only issue for New England will be whether or not Welker's willing to sign his tender and play for a one-year contract that guarantees him $9.4 million.

As we've previously noted, Welker would very much like to receive longer deal that pays him in the same range as the other top wideouts in the NFL. Bedard points out that "both sides would prefer a multi-year contract."

The issue is whether or not the Patriots are willing to give Welker, who will turn 31-years-old in May, a deal that will carry him past the age of 35.

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Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Wes Welker franchise tagged by Patriots

You're missing my point. I wouldn't call a miracle win & an increcibly close win in a hard fought game "Owning" another team.


I agree with you on that.  Every team has their homer morons, and the Giants and Pats are no exception.  My issue is that many Pats fans hang the result of the Super Bowl on that one catch/non catch, and that just isn't true.  The Giants still may have gotten the ball back, and they could have scored the same as they did.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:59 am
 

Wes Welker franchise tagged by Patriots

I am diehard Pats fan and love Welker, but he is a replaceable part of the system.  If he were to leave, the Pats could insert Edelman and he'd get 100 catches too.  I would not pay top $ for a 5'9" avg speed slot receiver.  Again, luv the guy, but not the business case.



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:42 am
 

Wes Welker franchise tagged by Patriots

im no stutterin prick and you aint all right because you still lost to the giants and yo cant get over it!!!



Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:28 am
 

Wes Welker franchise tagged by Patriots

Ok I guess 5000 yards and 30 touchdowns is slightly above average with a core of banged up players all year. Cant wait till next year when everyones back and cruz has an offseason with manning. good luck with your team buddy maybe we'll beat you a third time and you could still overhype your team.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:16 pm
 

Wes Welker franchise tagged by Patriots

I gotcha Patsy Watsy right here spyder ...


Spyder3m: "No, I thought you said I'm alright, Spyder"


DOP: "I am alright, but you ain't alright, ya stutterin prick"



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:20 pm
 

Wes Welker franchise tagged by Patriots

Wow someone still angry their patsy watsys lost!



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Wes Welker franchise tagged by Patriots

J rock wrote:
lets see Pats Giants  QB slight edge Brady
ROFL ... Hahaha slight edge ... RIGHT!

You listen to the media too much. They're nothing but hypesters looking for conversation fodder.

Eli, elite? Such a ridiculous statement it's not even laughable.

Eli is mediocre at best. SLIGHTLY above average, kind of like the whole Giants team. SLIGHTLY above average.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Wes Welker franchise tagged by Patriots

Zaber wrote:
I really wish you Pats fans would drop that line.
You're missing my point. I wouldn't call a miracle win & an increcibly close win in a hard fought game "Owning" another team.

The Giants finished the games with more points. That's the point. Give them credit.

Simple enough.

Own them? Certainly not.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:12 pm
 

Wes Welker franchise tagged by Patriots

The Pats will work something out long term with Wes Welker I feel confident in that.  However, he is 31 with a major knee injury.  I love the guy no doubt about it.  This offense and Tom Brady contribute greatly to the overall success of Welker. Same could be said visa versa no question..  That is why they get a deal done.. Probably not until next year though.  This 9 million allows the Patriots to go sign 1 or 2 big free agents..  I hope anyway.  Mario Williams and Vincent Jackson are the 2 biggest in my mind for the Pats..  Not to be Captain obvious, but the Pats have plenty of room to get 1..  Before the play-offs I would have said Mario William by far.  Now I still say Williams, but the gap is a little closer.  Why, because there a 2 sets of rules in the NFL.   1) regular season rules where fantasy football plays out and everything is a hold down field and/or pass interference.  2) Play-off rules where the league lets that crap go, which they should by the way and play real entertaining defensive football...  "Play-off Football"




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:27 pm
 

Wes Welker franchise tagged by Patriots

Smart move for the Patriots to tag 'White Jerry Rice'.  Even thought the guy is good the only team I could really see him continue to have great seasons with is the Packers who already have a couple of guys that fit the mold.   I hardly see anyone giving up a 1st rounder for him even though he's worth that and more for the Patriots.  Too bad he has a freeaking epic d-bag panzy for a QB.


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