By Will Yoder
April 12, 2012

The New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker are at a standstill in contract negotiations, according to CSN New England.

Welker’s five-year deal with the club ran out following last season. The Patriots applied a $9.5 million franchise tag on Welker to keep him off of the free-agent market for at least one year. Welker, however, reportedly would rather sign a long-term deal than play on a one –year  contract.

The prolific receiver has yet to sign his franchise-tag tender, which means he is technically not under contract with New England. If he does not sign the tender by the time the team’s mini camps start, he will not be allowed to participate.

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