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In addition to a Pro-Bowl selection, the Assosiated Press named WR Wes Welker to the All-Pro team. His 123 receptions led the league and exceeded a Patriots franchise record of 112 he set in 2007. "I am flattered," Welker said in a statement according to the Boston Globe. "It is a credit to my teammates and to everyone involved. To be able to get an award like this is very humbling and I am honored."] The selection was Welker's first of his career.

The Boston Herald *reports defensive coordinator Dean Pees will not be back with the Patriots in 2010. Pees, who ran the defense for four seasons, said he is stepping down and will allow his contract to expire. "I've chosen not to return for personal reasons," Pees told the Herald. "The Patriots have treated me very well. I've enjoyed my time here, but with my contract being up, I'd like to pursue some other endeavors. I was not fired. My contract's up. I'm going into free agency." Pees was with the franchise for a total of six years. In his four as defensive coordinator, the Patriots allowed an average of less than 20 points per game according to the *MetroWest Daily News. This includes a franchise-low 14.81 points in 2006. So far, a few names have circulated as a replacement for Pees. Possibly linebackers coach Matt Patricia or defensive line coach Pepper Johnson could fill the void if they hire from within the organization.

The *Boston Herald *released its final report card on the Patriots. The quarterback position received a "B," the highest grade of all the positions. QB Tom Brady "came off the off the worst kind of knee injury," and posted the second most productive season of his career. The story also cites Brady played through various injuries during the season. Click here to read the full report card.

How did TEs Benjamin Watson and Chris Baker perform this season? ESPN Boston breaks down the tight end position here.

The *Providence Journal *says New England's senior football adviser, Floyd Reese, is reportedly one of two finalists for the general manager position with the Seattle Seahawks. The decision will come down to Reese or Omar Khan, the Steelers' director of business operations. Both candidates interviewed for the position last week.

The Cape Cod Times lists a five-step plan for the Patriots to get back on track for next season. The first step believes the team should hire Dick Jauron as defensive coordinator. Why Jauron? Because he adds "the challenging-but-familiar voice that Belichick has seemed to be missing." Click here to read the next four steps.

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