Welker signs franchise tender

May, 15, 2012
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Patriots receiver Wes Welker signed his franchise-tag tender today, according to a source close to the negotiation.

Welker confirmed the signing on his Twitter account, writing: "I signed my tender today. I love the game and I love my teammates! Hopefully doing the right thing gets the right results. #leapoffaith"

After his interview on sports radio WEEI on Monday, it was clear that Welker's approach to the negotiation had been shifting.

In April, he talked about possibly staying away from mandatory minicamp. But on Monday, he struck a different tone, and also said he didn't plan to miss any regular-season games.

"There are 9.5 million reasons why I wouldn't miss any regular-season games," he said.

As for talks on a long-term extension, Welker added: "I think we're all on the same page and we're all trying to collectively come together and make something happen."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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