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Re-signing Welker a top priority for Patriots

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By Kevin Fishbain

His season might be remembered most for the catch he was unable to make in Super Bowl XLVI, but WR Wes Welker picked a good time to have his best campaign. In a contract year, Welker led the league with 122 catches and tallied 1,569 yards and nine TDs. He added 19 catches for 168 yards and a score in the playoffs. Heading into the offseason, Welker's contract is expected to be priority No. 1 in the front office. Welker became a star in his first season with the Pats in 2007 and it appears to be a mutual feeling to keep him in New England. "I think Wes wants to be here and we want him to be here," owner Robert Kraft said after the AFC title game. "Hopefully when the season ends, both sides will be wise enough to consummate something. He's pretty special." In recent years, the Patriots have successfully locked up Vince Wilfork, Tom Brady and Logan Mankins, and Welker is likely next.

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