Could Welker be headed for franchise tag?

The New England Patriots recently signed linebacker Jerod Mayo to an extension, and the Boston Herald says the team needs to decide what to do with receiver Wes Welker, who is Tom Brady's right-hand man in the Patriots' offense.

Welker, who leads the NFL with 104 receptions, can be a free agent, and thus far negotiations haven't gone very far with the 30-year-old receiver.

Karen Guregian, who penned the story, suggests that the Patriots and Welker could be headed toward the franchise tag, which would pay Welker approximately $9.4 million on a one-year deal.

But the fact is, that other than Brady, Welker is as vital a cog as the Patriots have, and the team's seeming hesitance to lock him up with a new contract is somewhat baffling.

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