Report: Patriots, Wes Welker making progress

According to Tom Curran of CSNNE.com, the New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker have made some progress towards getting an extension hammered out.

I strongly believe the Pats and Welker will end up agreeing on a contract extension before March 12th, since that’s when free agency kicks off.

The Patriots are still unsure if they’re going to use the franchise tag this year.  The only viable candidates seem to be Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer since they don’t want to tag Welker for a second straight season.