FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 13: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots gains yards against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 20-10. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
It doesn't appear that Wes Welker is leaving New England -- at least not for another year. The Patriots have placed the franchise tag on the Pro Bowl wide receiver, The Boston Globe's Greg Bedard reported Monday on Twitter. Welker would make in the neighborhood of $9.5 million next season. Welker has established himself as one of Tom Brady's favorite receivers over his five-year tenure with the Patriots, averaging just under 91 receptions per season.