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The New England Patriots are likely to place their franchise tag on wide receiver Wes Welker, according to a league source.
The two sides have been discussing a new deal, but if one cannot be reached, New England plans to use the $9.5 million franchise wide receiver tag. ...
One NFL general manager estimated that, with the cost of the franchise tags decreasing due to the new collective bargaining agreement, as many as 25 tags could be used to restrict player movement this offseason.
The franchise tag used to be based on the average of the top five salaries at that position from last season. In the new CBA, it's based on the average of the top five salaries at that position from the previous five seasons.