Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 2/18/13

They put the franchise tag on receiver Wes Welker last season, earning him a cool $9.5 million for the year, but this time around, according to a source familar with the team, who told the Boston Herald's Ron Borgess that they "are simply not going to put an $11.4 million franchise tag" on him. Which is what we all have expected anyway, but this may be yet another indication that it's either agree to what the Patriots are offering, or it's time to embark on the free agency meeting tour for the 31-year-old Welker. As NFL.com Mark Sessler noted, ' Players who carried contract demands to the brink in New England -- Richard Seymour, Asante Samuel, Vince Wilfork and Logan Mankins, for example -- were among those awarded open-market value by the team. ' Welker balked at what the Patriots had on the table for him in 2011, a fully guaranteed two-year, $16 million deal, and now that offer now is long gone. He's going to have to bend in order to stay with the team this time around. var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});

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