By Matt Noonan
Earlier this week, various reports, as well as a Wes Welker tweet confirmed that the New England Patriots wide receiver had agreed to sign his franchise tender, which guarantees him a one-year deal worth $9.5 million. However, after the deal was finalized, sources confirmed that Welker and the Patriots have until July 15 to hash out a long term contract.
On Thursday, ProFootballTalk.com confirmed that the Patriots are offering Welker less than an original deal from the 2011 season, which was two-years, $16 million. Although, despite the various negotiations, Welker is determined to focus on football, and get ready for the upcoming 2012 season.