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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the New England Patriots are “not expected” to franchise WR Wes Welker before Monday’s 4pm ET deadline.
Tom Curran of CSNNE.com reports that “progress has been made” between the Patriots and Welker towards a long-term contract extension.
Tagging Welker would run New England $11.5 million next season because they wound up franchising him list year.
Previous reports indicated that a three-year deal could be in the works, but we’ll have to see if the Patriots do in fact elect to pay one of their big name players as he heads into his mid-thirties.
New England is expected to have $25 million in cap space to work with, but tagging either OT Sebastian Vollmer or CB Aqib Talib would run them close to $10 million for either player.
We have Welker listed as the No. 9 best available player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.
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Wes Welker sees your move, Patriots, and he’s calling your bluff.
While the Patriots and Welker appeared to be close to making an agreement on a new deal in recent days, the situation has suddenly become much more complicated. First came the news that Welker was none too pleased with how the Patriots treated him last season, and that he might be willing to test the free-agent market...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots aren’t expected to place the franchise tag on wide receiver Wes Welker today, even though today is the deadline to do so.
If the Patriots don’t tag Welker today and don’t sign him to an extension before March 12th, he’ll hit the free agent market and have the ability to sign elsewhere.
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After putting up yet another 100 catch season for the New England Patriots, one would think that Welker is happy with the team and that the franchise is prepared to make him a long-term offer that he can’t refuse. But the reality of the situation remains that Welker is unsigned, and reportedly isn’t all that happy with the team for the way he was treated earlier this season...
The New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker appear to be close to a multi-year agreement.Fantasy Spin:Tom Brady gave the Patriots enough cap space to sign Welker by agreeing to a contract extension last week and it looks like the quarterback and his favorite receiver will stay together for a while longer. Welker's fantasy owners have to be smiling as he's averaged...
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that WR Wes Welker has a “somewhat mild disdain for the Patriots right now.”
Welker was reportedly “miffed” by the Patriots decision to play Julian Edelman over him in the opening game of the season. Another issue for Welker is the belief that had Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski not gotten hurt last year, Welker may have seen a reduced...
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the New England Patriots have decided not to use the franchise tag this year.
The Patriots decided against using the franchise tag, I’m told. So Vollmer, Welker and Talib will be UFAs if unsigned by 3/12.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 4, 2013
Even though the Patriots won’t use the tag, they’ll continue to negotiate on extending...
For four consecutive seasons the Patriots made use of the franchise tag, but as of Monday that streak has been snapped.
The Patriots declined to place the franchise tag on any of their players, meaning that the speculated-upon names — Wes Welker, Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer — are all set to hit free agency. Likewise, the team’s odds of retaining any of those players varies...
We mentioned earlier today that the San Francisco 49ers didn’t use the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson and that he’ll likely hit the free agent market.
49ers’ fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about him returing because ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that “Goldson’s going to be gone.”
Once again, with Goldson looking for $8 million per season, the 49ers won’t...
The start of NFL free agency is a little over a week away, and the Patriots’ three biggest free agents appear headed to the open market.
The Patriots decided against using the franchise tag for the first time in five years on Monday. That leaves Wes Welker, Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer all staring down the possibility of free agency.
Welker, 31, was close to this scenario last...
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that the Jets are close to finishing a deal with free agent quarterback David Garrard.Fantasy Spin:After a one-year absence from the league, Garrard resurfaced with the Dolphins last summer in training camp but injuries prevented him from appearing in any regular season games. Almost anything would be an uprgrade for the Jets at quarterback after the...
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that free agent defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins will meet with the 49ers on Tuesday.Former Eagles DL Cullen Jenkins, who visited Giants on Friday, is scheduled to visit Seahawks on Monday and 49ers on Tuesday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 2, 2013Jenkins is said to be drawing interest from six teams. He has already met with the Giants...
March 12th is getting closer and closer and the start to NFL free agency is just around the corner. Soon the rumors will end and the excitement around the different NFL fan bases will grow or the disappointment and concern will start to linger.
Despite slapping the franchise tag on Randy Starks the Dolphins still have plenty of money to throw around to help out Ryan Tannehill...
The Minnesota Vikings released wide receiver Michael Jenkins
yesterday in order to avoid paying the veteran his bonus, according to Adam
Schefter of ESPN.
Before having to pay his bonus in March, the Vikings released veteran WR Michael Jenkins.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2013
Jenkins was due to receive a $2.425 million roster bonus
this month if he remained...
The Kansas City Chiefs were really busy today. They signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a five-year deal and used the franchise tag on tackle Brandon Albert. And they didn’t stop there.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chiefs also signed punter Dustin Colquitt to a contract extension that makes him the highest paid punter in NFL history.
Dustin Colquitt is now highest...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins aren’t expected to place the franchise tag on left tackle Jake Long.
The Dolphins are instead expected to tag defensive tackle Randy Starks, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
The Dolphins will use the tag to protect an asset. Barring striking a long-term deal with Starks before the deadline, he is in line to get...