Wes Welker stated he had "9.5 million reasons to play" football in 2012. The remark essentially announced that he would accept the franchise tag and not holdout.
This is great news for the Patriots, who have added a busload of players at WR, but none of them are as prolific as Welker. Brady is extremely comfortable with Welker, and the two have been in sync since Welker arrived in New England in 2007.
It doesn't look like he'll participate in off-season workouts. But will be dressing in blue, red, silver, and white when the games mean something.
This off-season has been the most joyful Patriots' off-season since 2006-07.