Patriots, Welker & franchise tag

Monday marks the first day that NFL teams can assign the franchise tag on players, and for the Patriots, receiver Wes Welker is the top candidate. The deadline for teams to assign the tag is March 5.

With this in mind, a piece is now posted on ESPNBoston.com that looks at the team's history with the franchise tag.

2011 -- Logan Mankins

2010 -- Vince Wilfork

2009 -- Matt Cassel

2007 -- Asante Samuel

2005 -- Adam Vinatieri

2003 -- Tebucky Jones

2002 -- Vinatieri