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Patriots WR Welker Signs Franchise Offer

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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.

Pats WR Wes Welker, before the Super Bowl in February (AP File)
Pats WR Wes Welker, before the Super Bowl in February (AP File)

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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Benjamin Swasey Twitter Digital Manager
Ben is WBUR's digital news manager.

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