Someone with "intimate knowledge of the team's thinking" tells Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges the Patriots won't use the franchise tag on free agent Wes Welker.
It means there's a strong chance Welker will walk, as it's highly doubtful the frugal Pats would be Welker's top bidder on the open market. Welker would be due $11.4 if franchise tagged for the second consecutive season. That's hardly a burdensome sum for a player with Welker's track record, but steep for a team with a top-heavy cap situation. The Pats have two weeks to change their mind, but there's little reason to believe they will.