There goes Welker's shot a lucrative multi year deal he hoped for....

Patriots agreed to terms with Rob Gronkowski on a six-year, $54 million extension.
Gronk has not only emerged as the most dominant all-around tight end in the game, he's also off to arguably the greatest start in NFL history at the position. The Patriots weren't going to lock him up at a discount rate even if he re-signed with two years left on his rookie contract. While the guaranteed money will be telling, Gronk's per-season salaries blow those of Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis out of the water, as expected. The lucrative extension suggests the Pats have no qualms about Gronkowski's offseason ankle surgery. Wes Welker may not be thrilled with the news, but the Patriots are smart to lock up their young nucleus talent.