May 31, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) during OTA on the practice field at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Morning Cup of Gronk

Breaking news in the AFC East: Buffalo is no longer the division’s laughingstock.
WHY HE SHOULD MAKE IT: Moore could be among the Patriots’ top prospects, having flashed potential after settling in on the team’s 53-man roster late last season. With a confident demeanor off the field, Moore showed potential on the field last season as a 21-year-old, flashing strong coverage skills. In organized team activities this offseason, Moore was the sixth defensive back on the field when the team shifted into its dime package, and such a role is where Moore will likely grab a roster spot for this season. At this point, Moore appears to be a player that the Patriots want to keep.
Welker is set to play this season under the franchise tag, which will pay him $9.5 million in guaranteed money. The team and wide receiver have until 4 p.m. to negotiate a new deal. Otherwise, they’ll have to step away from contract talks until next offseason.
According to multiple reports, the New England Patriots will not endeavor to close the gap of approximately $5 million that complicates a new long-term deal for receiver Wes Welker. The Patriots, who franchised Welker to the tune of $9.515 million, have until tomorrow afternoon to meet the NFL’s deadline for closing long-term deals with franchised players. If they miss the 4:00 p.m. deadline tomorrow, Welker will play under the tag, and the Pats couldn’t sign him to an extension until after the last regular-season game of 2012.
After a week in which ESPN revealed Rob Gronkowski posed for one of The Body Issue covers and after an offseason of attention-grabbing off-the-field antics, the New England Patriots have reportedly asked Gronkowski to tone down his behavior.

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