Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Report: Talks between Welker, Patriots at a halt


Over the past six seasons, wideout Wes Welker helped redefine the slot receiver position in the NFL and made the New England Patriots' passing offense one of the most dynamic this league has ever seen.

But it seems like that marriage may be coming to the end. (photo: Karen Cardoza, Flickr)

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, talks between the sides have concluded for the time being. Teams across the league have been furiously negotiating and signing top-tier free agents, a group which Welker solidly belongs.

But it seems these discussions have reached a critical impasse.

Welker wants to stay in New England and Patriots owner Robert Kraft is on record stating the team very much wants the five-time Pro Bowler back in the fold. But the two sides are evidently too far apart at this time, opening the door for Welker to negotiate with other teams.

The Patriots did make one commitment on the first day of free agency -- they gave restricted free agent tight end Michael Hoomanawanui a fifth round-tender, giving New England the right to either match an offer given to the three year veteran or receiver a fifth round draft pick in return.

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