According to the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots aren’t going to place the franchise tag on wide receiver Wes Welker this offseason.
While there is no replacement for Welker on the roster, that won’t matter. Neither will the Patriots’ abysmal record of drafting wideouts. The Patriots are simply not going to put an $11.4 million franchise tag on Welker, someone with intimate knowledge of the team’s thinking said. Nor is he going to get an offer better than the one he turned down in 2011.
It looks like the Patriots will let Welker test the free agent market and see if he can get the kind of contract he’s looking for. It’s certainly looking like his career in New England is over.