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Report: Patriots expected to use franchise tag on WR Wes Welker

The New England Patriots are expected to place the franchise tag on wide receiver Wes Welker, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The two sides have been in discussions for a new deal, but if one isn't reached the team will pay Welker $9.5 million and apply the franchise tag, according to Schefter.

Welker, 30, led the league in reception last season, hauling in 122 passes with nine touchdowns.

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