New England Patriots four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker has signed his $9.4 million…
Wes Welker signs franchise tender
Welker led the league with 122 receptions last season, ranking second in receiving yards with 1,569 behind Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson
"Wes Welker is a remarkable football player for our team and has been a vital component to our offense and special teams since we traded for him in 2007," the Patriots said in a statement when they franchised Welker earlier this year. "Utilizing the franchise designation allows both sides more time to try to reach an agreement, which is the goal. Wes remains a contractual priority and we are hopeful that he will remain a Patriot for years to come."
During his time with the Patriots, Welker has caught 554 passes for 6,105 yards and 31 touchdowns.
The Patriots want to lock up Welker with a long-term deal. Welker made $2.5 million last season.
Welker caught 123 passes in 2009.
Only Welker and former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter have generated two seasons with 120 receptions or higher.
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