Wes Welker, Dan Koppen Might Be Next in Line for Contract Extensions


August 10, 2011

Wes Welker, Dan Koppen Might Be Next in Line for Contract Extensions FOXBORO, Mass. — Wes Welker, you're up. And you're not alone.

Now that the Patriots and left guard Logan Mankins have ended their highly-publicized contract squabble, they might try to turn their attention to others, if they haven't already.

Welker has never demanded a contract extension, but his deal expires after the 2011 season. And when players are in their last year, they do appreciate a little extra security.

Welker, wide receiver Deion Branch, offensive lineman Dan Connolly, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, linebacker Gary Guyton, center Dan Koppen, safety Brandon Meriweather, linebacker Rob Ninkovich and safety James Sanders headline the class of players who are in a contract year.

Here is the full list of Patriots whose deals expire after the 2011 season.

Defensive end Mark Anderson
Wide receiver Tyree Barnes
Wide receiver Deion Branch
Defensive lineman Landon Cohen
Offensive lineman Jonathan Compas
Offensive lineman Dan Connolly
Running back Kevin Faulk
Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Linebacker Gary Guyton
Quarterback Brian Hoyer
Long snapper Matt Katula
Running back Eric Kettani
Center Dan Koppen
Offensive lineman Mark LeVoir
Safety Bret Lockett
Defensive lineman Kyle Love
Safety Brandon Meriweather
Defensive lineman Eric Moore
Offensive lineman Chris Morris
Running back Sammy Morris
Linebacker Marques Murrell
Linebacker Rob Ninkovich
Defensive lineman Darryl Richard
Safety James Sanders
Wide receiver Matthew Slater
Defensive lineman Gerard Warren
Wide receiver Wes Welker
Offensive lineman Ryan Wendell
Linebacker Tracy White
Cornerback Jonathan Wilhite
Defensive lineman Steve Williams

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