5 years ago

It would cost the Patriots $11.4 million to franchise impending free agent Wes Welker in 2013.

Welker played on the $9.515 million franchise tender in 2012, and it's unlikely that New England will want to eat a lot of cap space with the high number again in 2013 for the soon-to-be 32-year-old slot receiver. It's either multi-year extension or bust for Welker, who will certainly be coveted on the open market should he make it there.