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New England Patriots WR Wes Welker and Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte both entered the offseason in search of long-term contracts. Instead, both players received the franchise tag from their respective franchise’s. Neither player has signed the tender offer from their team and will likely holdout through the offseason and perhaps into training camp, but according to reports, the players are not expected to miss any regular season games in 2012. Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte has desired a long-term contract from the Chicago Bears for two seasons now. Heading into last season, Forte flirted with the possibility of an extended holdout, but the rusher finally reported for the 2011 season, playing out the final year of his contract. The franchise tag which the Bears placed on Forte will pay him $7.7 million this season. Talks between Forte and the Bears are currently going no where but the running back told reporters he expects to return to the team in time for Week One of the regular season....

Wes Welker says he has ” 9.5 million reasons” why he won’t miss a regular season game.

There will not be a sincere controversy regarding Patriots receiver Wes Welker. Much to his chagrin, Welker was hit with the franchise tag this year as he worked to get an extended deal done. When he skipped the start of off-season activities and workouts, there was the hum that he was digging in his feet to prepare to fight for a long-term contract. Though he still is working...

Patriots’ Wes Welker says he will not hold out into the season

It was music to Patriots’ fans ears when franchise player Wes Welker announced today that he would not hold out into the regular season, saying he has “9.5 million reasons” why he won’t miss any regular season games. The 9.5 million refers to the franchise tender value that he is guaranteed this season. Welker has expressed the desire to get a long term deal and remain a...

Wes Welker Shows He's One of the Greatest Team-First Players in Patriots History By Signing Franchise Tender

Wide receiver Wes Welker has proven once again that he's one of the most team-oriented players in Patriots history. Welker signed his franchise tender Tuesday, which fully guaranteed his $9.5 million salary for the 2012 season, and it means he'll be able to report for offseason workouts at Gillette Stadium, if he chooses to do so. That's timely because the Patriots start...

Patriots WR Wes Welker has signed his franchise tender,...

Patriots WR Wes Welker has signed his franchise tender, according to a league source. — Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) May 15, 2012

Wes Welker Signs Franchise Tender With Patriots, Two Sides Avoid Potential Holdout

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...

Report: Wes Welker signs his franchise tag

Getty Images According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has signed his franchise tag, which will pay him $9.5 million for the 2012 season. Welker was just on WEEI Radio in Boston yesterday and stated that he had 9.5 million reasons to play this year and ultimately not hold out.  He said that at he moment he wasn’t sure what he was...

Wes Welker signs $9.4 million tender

New England Patriots four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker has signed his $9.4 million franchise tender. Welker made the announcement via his official Twitter account.

Welker Signs Franchise Tag

New England Patriots All-Pro wide receiver Wes Welker has signed his franchise tender according to a team official. The Patriots gave Welker the franchise tag back on March 5th as one of 21 teams to select a franchise player. By signing the tender Welker is guaranteed to make $9.51 million dollars for the 2012 season.  He and the team still have until July 14 to reach a longterm...

Patriots’ Josh McDaniels looks forward to WR competition

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has been back with the team for a few months now, but spoke with the media for the first time Friday, at the opening of rookie camp. The Patriots offense was largely a well-oiled machine in 2011, but it did lack a deep threat. Currently, New England has

Jay Cutler confident Matt Forte will be on the field for the first game

Getty Images Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completely understands why running back Matt Forte hasn’t shown up for offseason workouts. Cutler’s optimistic that at the end of the day, Forte will be on the field for their first game of the season. “Last time I saw him, he said he was lonely. I get it,” Cutler said. “Everyone was gone last year, with the lockout, and...

Wylie impresses Chiefs at rookie mini-camp

KANSAS CITY, Mo. For the record, the guy everybody keeps comparing to Wes Welker didn't ask for the number 83. Honest. Some wise-apple gave it to him. "I requested a number in the teens," wideout Devon Wylie explained Friday afternoon, shortly after the Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their first day of rookie mini-camp. "(It) wasn't necessarily my choice....

Welker: 9.5 million reasons to play

Looks like Wes Welker can be counted on to take the field once the regular season starts. At least that's what he said on WEEI's 'Mut & Merloni' show, stating "there are 9.5 million reasons why I wouldn't miss any regular-season games,". The Patriots placed the franchise tag on him March 5th, earning him an automatic $9.5 million for the 2012 season...
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