Report: Patriots, Welker close to a deal

According to CSNNE.com, the New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker are close to finalizing a contract extension.

Wes Welker and the Patriots are closing in on a multi-year contract that would allow Welker to finish his career in New England. An NFL source says that the two sides are hoping to have something finalized before the onset of free agency on March 12.

According to the source, the two sides have come to the understanding that they are far better with one another than without.

We mentioned earlier today that Welker has some disdain towards the Patriots, but I think deep down he knows he needs them.  There offense is a perfect fit for his skill set.