Wes Welker, WR
2012 statistics: 16 games, 118 receptions, 1,354 yards, 6 touchdowns
Bio: Welker put faith in the Patriots to do the right thing by signing his franchise tender last summer, then went out and had another dominant season. So much of what the Patriots do revolves around Welker, who should attract plenty of interest on the open market. Franchising Welker would come at a high price, so the best bet for the Patriots would be to try to work out a deal that favors both sides.