Patriots, Welker & franchise tag

February, 19, 2012
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Monday marks the first day that NFL teams can assign the franchise tag on players, and for the Patriots, receiver Wes Welker is the top candidate. The deadline for teams to assign the tag is March 5.

With this in mind, a piece is now posted on ESPNBoston.com that looks at the team's history with the franchise tag.

2011 -- Logan Mankins
2010 -- Vince Wilfork
2009 -- Matt Cassel
2007 -- Asante Samuel
2005 -- Adam Vinatieri
2003 -- Tebucky Jones
2002 -- Vinatieri

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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