Taking care of business

Welker's done it on the field, will he and the Pats succeed off of it in contract talks?

Updated: October 21, 2011, 9:34 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.  Back in the 2006 season, the New England Patriots were off to a 4-1 start when they reached their off weekend. They used it as an opportunity to take care of contract-related business, extending center Dan Koppen's pact five years.

Some view the bye week as a checkpoint when it comes to contracts, the one chance during the season to step back from the daily grind and potentially address the long-term future of a core member of the team. If the club takes a similar ...

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