Patriots expected to tag Wes Welker

February, 25, 2012
The New England Patriots are expected to put the franchise tag on leading receiver Wes Welker, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

This move will be a smart one for New England. It allows the Patriots more flexibility to work out a long-term contract before the start of the 2012 season. Welker was due to become an unrestricted free agent next month. The one-year tag is worth $9.5 million.

Welker will be a Patriot next season. New England is too smart to let its best receiver walk. With the tag, the worst-case scenario is Welker, 30, can't come to terms on a long-term contract by this upcoming season and will become a free agent again in 2013.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter



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