5 Ways Wes Welker Situation Will Affect the Patriots

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5 Ways Wes Welker Situation Will Affect the Patriots
AP Photo-Stephan Savoia via ESPN.com

Contract stalemates come with side effects. The situation between franchise-tendered wide receiver Wes Welker and the New England Patriots is no different.

Both sides of the equation hit a wall in extension talks this offseason. As a result, Welker will earn $9.51 million in 2012 before becoming an unrestricted free agent, per Spotrac.com.

Welker may be back working hard in training camp, but the ripple effect from his contract fallout will not dissipate.

With that looming overhead, what does it all mean for the Patriots?

Here are five ways the team will be affected.

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