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

Talks Between Wes Welker And New England Patriots 'Nonexistant'

Wes Welker and the New England Patriots have until 4:00 pm ET today to reach a long-term contract extension or he will have to play the 2012 season under his one-year franchise tender the team slapped him with early in the offseason. If you are a betting man, it’s safe to say that no deal between the two sides will be reached.

Welker and the Patriots appear to be done talking about the contract extension. There is even less hope when you read Tom Curran of’s words. He wrote:

Talks remain stagnant and by stagnant I mean nonexistent.”

Welker will have to play the year out and he will get $9.5 million for his troubles. When next offseason rolls around, the Patriots and Welker will face the same situation. They can either give him his money, slap him once again with the franchise tag or choose to let him walk as an unrestricted free agent.

The Patriots do not look very interested in committing to Welker long-term, so it would be no surprise if the team slaps Welker with the franchise tag once again next season. New England seems more focused on locking up young tight end Aaron Hernandez.

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