ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was on SportsCenter today (video above) and discussed Wes Welker's contract situation. The franchised receiver and the Patriots have until 4 p.m. today to hammer out a long-term contract. If they don't strike a deal, Welker will play the season under the $9.5 million franchise tag.
"The feeling is that there's too much ground to make up to get a deal done by the 4 p.m. deadline later today," Schefer says. "It doesn't look like there will be a long-term deal for Wes Welker. I don't think he expects one, I don't think the Patriots expect one. That doesn't prevent the two sides from revisiting the topic today, as they will. But it will not be easy to get that deal done.
"Wes Welker is a slot receiver, and he wants to be paid like one of the top receivers in the game, which he has been. But a slot receiver typically doesn't make as much money as a Calvin Johnson or a Larry Fitzgerald, and that seems to be where these talks are bogged down slightly."