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Welker Inks His Franchise Tender

Last month, Patriot wide receiver Wes Welker said he was “in no rush” to sign his tender, and two weeks ago said on ESPNBoston radio that he was leaning toward not taking part in the team’s June mini-camp.

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that Welker announced on his Twitter feed that he did sign, writing: “I signed my tender today. I love the game and I love my teammates! Hopefully doing the right thing gets the right results. #leapoffaith”

For the moment, Welker will receive a one-year, fully guaranteed $9.515 million for the 2012 season, though he and the team could still negotiate a different, longer-term deal.

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