May 31, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) during OTA on the practice field at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
According to ESPN.com's James Walker, the New England Patriots are making "no meaningful progress" in contract negotiations with wide receiver Wes Welker. This comes just a few days after the team inked star tight end Rob Gronkowski to a monster six-year contract extension.
Welker and the Patriots have been talking about a new contract for months now, after the team placed the non-exclusive Franchise tag on him. By signing this tender, Welker will make $9.5 million in 2012 on a one-year franchise tender.
While all hope isn't lost for a possible contract extension, time isn't on anyone's side. NFL teams have until July 16 to negotiate contract extensions with franchise players. If no agreement is reached, then the Patriots may loose Welker to free agency in 2013 if they decide not to franchise him.
Welker had yet another productive year in New England last season, as he caught 122 passes for 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns. He's caught over 100 passes in four of his five seasons in New England, and has made the Pro Bowl four times.