- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Saturday in the AFC East:
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker back on the team.
Morning take: This is good news for Welker. Last year, the team refused to give Welker a big-money extension and opted instead for the franchise tag. This year, the franchise tag could be off the table if the Patriots don’t want to pay $11.4 million. Maybe an extension gets done.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt to run their special teams.
Morning take: I don’t think many Bills fans are sad about this. Wannstedt wasn't very good as Buffalo's defensive coordinator, despite having some talent to work with.
Could the Chicago Bears be interested in Miami Dolphins free-agent receiver Brian Hartline?
Morning take: That would certainly make things interesting for Miami. The Dolphins are trying not to overpay to keep any of their players. But if Hartline gets a nice offer elsewhere, that could force Miami to pay more than it wanted or let Hartline walk.
Will former New York Jets head coach Bill Parcells make the Hall of Fame?
Morning take: It’s a pretty deep class this year. Parcells could be one of the people fighting for the final spot or two. We will have more Hall of Fame coverage Saturday evening when the names are announced.