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Wes Welker will play under $9.5M tag

Updated: July 17, 2012, 11:31 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Monday's NFL deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign contract extensions with their clubs this year has passed, and the Patriots and receiver Wes Welker didn't strike a deal, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

That means Welker will play 2012 under his one-year, $9.5 million franchise tender, which he has already signed. The sides can't finalize an extension until after the season.

Welker, who turned 31 in May, is scheduled to become an unrestricted ...

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