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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Wes Welker (#83) of the New England Patriots is tackled by Ronde Barber (#20) of Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFL International Series match between New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2009 in London, England. This is the third occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
Wes Welker said Monday that he's got 9.5 million reasons not to miss any games this season. He reaffirmed that in a big way on Tuesday. Welker has decided to sign his franchise tender with the Patriots, which means he'll earn $9.5 million this season after the Pats placed the franchise tag on him this offseason. The news was first reported by The Boston Globe's Greg Bedard, and Welker confirmed it on Twitter shortly after. "I signed my tender today," Welker tweeted. "I love the game and I love my teammates! Hopefully doing the right thing gets the right results."...
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