During his time with the Patriots, Welker has caught 554 passes for 6,105 yards and 31 touchdowns.
The Patriots want to lock up Welker with a long-term deal. Under NFL rules governing franchise players, they have until July 16 to do so. Otherwise, he'll play the entire season under the franchise tag.
Welker, 30, made $2.5 million last season.
Welker caught 123 passes in 2009. Only he and former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter have generated two seasons with 120 receptions or higher.
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