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Patriots may dodge tag this time

Updated: March 4, 2013, 12:16 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots have used the franchise tag in each of the past four offseasons, but the streak could come to an end Monday, which is the deadline for NFL teams to use the designation.

The top three candidates for the tag are receiver Wes Welker ($11.4 million), cornerback Aqib Talib ($10.8 million) and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer ($9.8 million), but given the high cost for each player on a one-year deal and how that could handcuff the club from making other moves, some will ...

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