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BOSTON (CBS) – Monday’s 4 pm deadline came and went, and there was no contract extension between Wes Welker and the New England Patriots.
The wide receiver will now play next season under the $9.5 million franchise tender he signed back on May 15. The two sides cannot work out a new deal until after the 2012 season.
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The Patriots and Welker had off-and-on talks regarding an extension this summer, and reportedly had spoken on Monday, but not enough headway was made to reach an agreement.
Welker, 31, led the NFL with 122 catches in 2011 and was second with a career-high 1,569 receiving yards. The seven-year veteran also hauled in a career high nine touchdowns last season.
Since 2007, when Welker joined New England, he leads the NFL with 554 receptions.