That is really the question of the next two weeks. I fully expect the patriots to try to sign patriot-friendly contracts with almost all of our free agents in the next 3 weeks before free agency starts, certainly the top seven (Welker, Talib, Vollmer, Edelman, Arrington, Thomas and Woodhead). I also expect us to try to sign Hooman. ================== BUT, WHAT IF WE CAN'T REACH A DEAL? So, the question is no longer whether we should pay Welker $8M a year. The new 6 questions are whether we should put a franchise tag on Welker, a transition tag on Welker or no tag. We also have that decision with regard to Talib and Vollmer. Should we tender Hooman? WELKER I suspect that a tag will not happen. TALIB and VOLLMER I think a tag could happen one of these players. There are many factors, including how comfortable the team is with our in-house replacements. Free agency will provide replacements, but the risk is that the player we choose won't be plug n play.