Patriots WR Welker Signs Franchise Offer
New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, who had career-highs in reception yards and touchdowns last season, has signed his franchise tender with the team.
The signed tender, worth $9.5 million, means the team and the player "have avoided what could have been a messy [camp] hold-out [in June]," as WBZ-TV reports.
Said Welker on Twitter:
I signed my tender today. I love the game and I love my teammates! Hopefully doing the right thing gets the right results. #leapoffaith
ESPN Boston reports:
The team must now decide if it wants to pay Welker $9.5 million on a one-year deal — which accounts for just shy of 8 percent of the $120 million salary cap — or a longer-term deal that lessens the salary cap charge.
The 31-year-old Welker has said he'd prefer a longer-term deal.
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