Ron Borges of the Boston Herald said “While there is no replacement for Welker on the roster, that won’t matter. Neither will the Patriots’ abysmal record of drafting wideouts. The Patriots are simply not going to put an $11.4 million franchise tag on Welker, someone with intimate knowledge of the team’s thinking said.”
That leaves the door open for the Patriots to franchise Cornerback Aqib Talib. I think they will use there tag on Talib to give the talented CB one more season to continue proving himself worth an two to three year deal for the Patriots.