Wes Welker's value seemingly on rise

Big contracts signed by free-agent receivers sets market in Patriot's favor

Updated: March 14, 2012, 1:43 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker does not have the long-term contract he desires, but on the first day of free agency, he might have gained something else -- reassurance of his value in the NFL marketplace.

Did you see all those contracts for receivers across the league?

In Tampa Bay, Vincent Jackson inked a reported five-year, $55.5 million pact. In Washington, the Redskins doubled up with Pierre Garcon (five years, $42.5 million) and Josh Morgan (two years, $12 million), ...

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