We went through this last offseason with Wes Welker. Would the Patriots franchise him? Sign him to a long-term deal? Let him walk? One year, 118 receptions and 1,354 yards later, here we are again and the issue is unchanged: paying a productive player on the wrong side of 30. Welker, who was eventually tagged last spring, made $9.5 million in 2012. That number would be approximately $10.4 in 2013. So what should the Pats do?
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