(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is set to become a free agent, and his future with the team is uncertain as owner Robert Kraft is not looking forward to contract negotiations.
The team is unlikely to use the franchise tag on Welker again, as he would be owed over $11 million in 2013. Welker, who is quarterback Tom Brady’s favorite wide receiver, will likely be looking to cash in.
“I’d love him to be around, he’s a great guy,” Kraft told CSN New England’s Tom Curran. “Like I said all along, it takes two sides to make a transaction and then we have to manage the lawyers and the agents taht they don’t mess it up. I think Wes wants to be with us and we want him here so it’s just a matter of whether both sides can be intelligent.”
Welker has been one of the best receivers in the NFL since joining the Patriots in 2007.
This past season, Welker ranked second in the NFL in catches, and eighth in receiving yards and receiving yards per game.
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