The Patriots decided against using the franchise tag, I'm told. So Vollmer, Welker and Talib will be UFAs if unsigned by 3/12.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 4, 2013
Even though the Patriots won’t use the tag, they’ll continue to negotiate on extending the contract of Wes Welker, Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer.
It was reported earlier today that the Pats and Welker are continuing to make progress.