It appears that the chances of Wes Welker leaving the New England Patriots just went up.
A source close to the Patriots said the team "is simply not willing to place an $11.4 million franchise tag" on the 31-year old veteran.
This doesn't really surprise me as Welker hasn't really had a spectacular season recently. Yeah, he's been decent. But that only gets you so much money. If he's not going to be the Adrian Peterson equivalent of a wide receiver, then it's not worth emptying out your wallet on him. I'm not saying that Welker has no chance of returning, but I am saying that I wouldn't be surprised if he receives a pay cut.