CSNNE.com Patriots insider Tom E. Curran tells SportsNet Central on Sunday that "it would be an upset" for the Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker to agree to a contract extension before Monday's 4 p.m. deadline for franchise-tagged players.
"Talks remain stagnant and by stagnant I mean non-existent," Curran said.
Curran also commented on reports that the Pats have told recently overexposed tight end Rob Gronkowski to cool it on the off-the-field activities. He said every Patriots player gets that message.
"There's nothing formal where they sat him down," Curran said. "Everybody is under the guise of 'let's start to button it up, off-season's over and get to camp."