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    REPORT: PATS 'LIKELY" TO FRANCHISE TAG WES WELKER

    REPORT: PATS 'LIKELY" TO FRANCHISE TAG WES WELKER

    "We've mentioned Wes Welker's
    name several times over the past few weeks. Once as our pick for <a href="http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/34978728">the
    top available free-agent wide receiver</a> and previously as a player on whom <a href="http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/34834810">the
    franchise tag would probably be used</a>.

    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).

    <a href="https://twitter.com/rapsheet/status/173553300648628225" rel="nofollow">Ian
    Rapoport of the Boston Herald reported</a> 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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    Re: REPORT: PATS 'LIKELY" TO FRANCHISE TAG WES WELKER

    JUST DON'T SEE THIS HAPPENING,THERE ARE A TON OF WR'S AVAILABLE THIS YEAR!!! Thanks for the info RF!

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    Re: REPORT: PATS 'LIKELY" TO FRANCHISE TAG WES WELKER

    [quote user="Voldamort"]JUST DON'T SEE THIS HAPPENING,THERE ARE A TON OF WR'S AVAILABLE THIS YEAR!!! Thanks for the info RF![/quote]

    They must not feel they want to match or beat a big pay raise.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: REPORT: PATS 'LIKELY" TO FRANCHISE TAG WES WELKER

    [quote user="Voldamort"]JUST DON'T SEE THIS HAPPENING,THERE ARE A TON OF WR'S AVAILABLE THIS YEAR!!! Thanks for the info RF![/quote]

    Yea but none of those WRs have the Pats playbook knowledge or the QB-WR chemistry with Brady...

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