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Getty Images According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker failed to agree on a long-term deal.  He’ll now play under the franchise tag for the 2012 season. The Patriots and Welker’s reps will now have to wait until the end of the regular season to continue to negotiate towards a long-term contract, if they choose to.  
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