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08:00 AM ET 07.09 | The clock is ticking down to July 16 for Wes Welker in New England. [Welker and the Patriots have until 4 p.m.] to complete a contract extension or Welker has to play out the 2012 season under the franchise tag. ... Basically, the Patriots want Welker to take a bit of a discount to stay with Tom Brady. Welker, meanwhile, wants a deal that guarantees him just below the $21 million he would get paid playing two years under the franchise tag. You're talking about a distance in the range of around $6 million in guaranteed money. That's not to say the sides can't agree. The Patriots could very well give in a little bit at the end. Essentially what they will be asking themselves is this: What kind of year do we think Welker will have?

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July 9, 2012  08:13 AM ET

If they are only talking about 2 years then get it done.

July 9, 2012  08:16 AM ET

What kind of year do they think Welker will have? Are they serious? Welker is the most consitent and productive receiver in football. He came back early from an ACL injury and still had a good year. This is not someone you want to alienate from your team.

July 9, 2012  08:28 AM ET
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What kind of year do they think Welker will have? Are they serious? Welker is the most consitent and productive receiver in football. He came back early from an ACL injury and still had a good year. This is not someone you want to alienate from your team.

You'd think that they would be showing the love for WW but who knows, maybe he has an issue that we haven't heard about, and at the same time 2 years under the franchise tag would be $21Mil and that ain't too shabby if you get right down to it

July 9, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Sign him now and save 50% of the cap hit and then you use on extensions for other players. Sounds like a no-brainer.

July 9, 2012  08:32 AM ET

I am a Pats fan, yet, for every Vinateri, there is a Gostowski. For every Milloy, there is a Harrison. For every Welker, there is a .........

July 9, 2012  08:42 AM ET
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I am a Pats fan, yet, for every Vinateri, there is a Gostowski. For every Milloy, there is a Harrison. For every Welker, there is a .........

T.O.?

July 9, 2012  08:43 AM ET
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I am a Pats fan, yet, for every Vinateri, there is a Gostowski. For every Milloy, there is a Harrison. For every Welker, there is a .........

Julian Edelman!

July 9, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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Julian Edelman!

Promise, yeah, but he doesn't have the hands, and he and Brady just don't have that telepathic link.

Gotta make Welker happy. To do otherwise would make Brady unhappy, and we don't want that.

July 9, 2012  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I am a Pats fan, yet, for every Vinateri, there is a Gostowski. For every Milloy, there is a Harrison. For every Welker, there is a .........

And these guys are SB champions. Welker gives you not much more than a dozen other scatbacks and has a habit of coming up small in the big games.

July 9, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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I am a Pats fan, yet, for every Vinateri, there is a Gostowski. For every Milloy, there is a Harrison. For every Welker, there is a .........

Really? Seems to me that no Vinatieri = no Lombardi for the Pats

July 9, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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Promise, yeah, but he doesn't have the hands, and he and Brady just don't have that telepathic link.Gotta make Welker happy. To do otherwise would make Brady unhappy, and we don't want that.

Considering that Welker is 100% a Brady/Bilichick creation, they can go find themselves another one for a third of the price who also hasn't won a super bowl but talks smack like he's a Jet.

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July 9, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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Patriots need this guy for success. Brady needs help to look good. One guy can't do it.

Jimmy, your first statement is indisputably false. Your second sentence is absurd. Your third statement is totally true. That's why they shouldn't bang up their cap for a 5'8" scatback. They can pay 3 Edelman's for that money.

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July 9, 2012  10:03 AM ET

When you talk about windows closing, you also have to talk about Brady. He's 34. Part of the Patriots' failure in the playoffs the last few years has been their inability to find anyone to replace Randy Moss as the fast outside guy. As replaceable as Randy Moss was, it turned out not be be so easy.

I'm thinking Brady has only a few more years at the top of his game. They have no running game, and no outside speed, either. To seize the day, they need more than a pair of great tight ends.

July 9, 2012  10:05 AM ET

If the Pats are foolish enough to let Welker go, there will be plenty of other teams interested. The Pats may consider him expendable because of the emergence of their two tight end passing game, but they are taking a large gamble if they do. Whether Brady made Welker, or vice versa, the two work very well together.

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July 9, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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If the Pats are foolish enough to let Welker go, there will be plenty of other teams interested. The Pats may consider him expendable because of the emergence of their two tight end passing game, but they are taking a large gamble if they do. Whether Brady made Welker, or vice versa, the two work very well together.

You do realize that Welker was not on those Super Bowl teams, right? I know it is difficult to forget when he carries himself with an arrogance far exceeding his place, but its true.

I don't begrudge Patriot fans living off of superbowls eight years ago and older, but it kills me to see this guy strut and some of you folks putting him in the pantheon of greats when he has as many super bowl rings as we do.

Let him win something, and then we can discuss whether he "made" arguably the best QB of the past 20 years...and I'm a NY fan saying that.

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