Welker situation is issue No. 1

How will the Patriots approach contract negotiations with their top receiver?

Updated: February 8, 2012, 9:15 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Bill Belichick's remarks Monday could have just as easily applied to receiver Wes Welker as they did the New England Patriots' 2011 season: "It's not about one game or one play or anything, it's the whole body of work."

Welker's inability to haul in an inaccurate throw from quarterback Tom Brady late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI, a play that could have helped seal a victory but instead helped set the stage for the New York Giants' remarkable comeback, has been sliced, ...

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