Report: Patriots hope Welker takes a discount to stay with Brady

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The New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker have until July 16th to work out a long-term contract.  If they’re unable to do so, they’d have to wait until the end of the last game of the regular season to negotiate again.

According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, the New England Patriots are hoping that wide receiver Wes Welker will be willing to accept a discount to stay with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.

Welker reportedly wants a deal that will guarantee him just under the $21 million he would be getting paid while playing under the franchise tag for two years.  The Patriots clearly don’t want to give him that much money. But Bedard believes that there is some hope that both sides can work something out.