Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/30/14
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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 their organized team activities Monday. Since the OTAs are full-fledged practices, they're viewed as an important portion of the offseason program, and the players are looking forward to them after five weeks of conditioning and restrictive practices. Those...
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