The 4 p.m. deadline for Wes Welker and the Patriots to agree to a long-term extension has come and gone, and no deal has been reached.
Welker will play under the franchise tag in 2012, making about 9.5 million.
We knew this is what would probably happen. I wrote the following earlier today:
...Unless things change drastically from where they were Sunday afternoon, there will be no deal.
Welker could have been a pain in the ass about being franchised. He could have held out into training camp. Instead, he signed early and said on Twitter "I love the game and I love my teammates! Hopefully doing the right thing gets the right results. leapoffaith"Have the Patriots "done the right thing"? Business-wise, probably.
I explain why here in this morning's column.
Tom E. Curran joins SNC to discuss news that the New England Patriots have traded Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins for a conditional 7th round pick.
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry join SNC to give their opinion on whether or not they think the New England Patriots have enough depth at wide receiver, and which player will land the 5th receiver spot.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots didn't release third-year center Bryan Stork, though they informed him they would do so early on Wednesday. Instead, they traded him to the Washington Redskins.
The deal was announced on Wednesday afternoon. In return for the former fourth-round pick out of Florida State, the Patriots received a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick from Washington.
Stork is reportedly mulling retirement. If he does not report to the Redskins, and the conditions of the deal are not met, the Patriots would not receive compensation.
The seventh-round pick would provide the Patriots with a seventh-rounder in 2017 that they didn't have when the day began. The team traded its original seventh-rounder to the Lions last season in exchange for tight end Michael Williams.
(The Patriots could, in theory, receive a seventh-rounder from the Lions since they received a conditional seventh in a trade for linebacker Jonathan Bostic, who was sent to Detroit in May. But because Bostic is recovering from foot surgery, the conditions of that trade may prevent the pick from ever making its way to New England.)
The Patriots informed Stork of his release early Wednesday, but before that move was processed, the Patriots and Redskins were able to work out a deal.
Stork has had difficulty staying healthy as a pro, his emotions sometimes got the best of him on the field, and teammate David Andrews had beaten him for the starting center role with the Patriots. Still, Stork's teammate and friend Jimmy Garoppolo said it was tough to see Stork move on.
Despite the question marks that accompany Stork's arrival in Washington -- that is, if he decides to report -- the Redskins were more than willing to pay the modest price to acquire him. They are desperate for help at the center position.