Wes Welker and the Denver Broncos have agreed on a two-year contract worth $12 million. Welker is a big catch in the free agency frenzy and John Elway, the Broncos executive vice president of football, let everyone know it when he tweeted,
“Excited to have Wes join the Broncos. His production & toughness will be a great asset!”
The New England Patriots and Wes Welker had been in talks coming into free agency, but talks broke off between Welker’s agent and the Patriots organization several times. In the end, neither side could come to an agreement on the terms of a deal. The writing may have been on the wall when the Patriots began pursuing Rams free agent wide receiver Danny Amendola at the start of the free agency three day negotiating timetable.
Welker who is 31 was placed under the franchise tag for the 2012 season with a salary of $9.5 million. Welker finished last season with a team high 188 catches for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns. The Patriots organization did not exercise the franchise tag this time, if so Welker would have received $11.4 million for the 2013 season.
Welker has been one of the NFL’s top slot receivers since he joined the Patriots in 2007. Welker has 672 receptions in his six seasons with the Patriots which is an average 112 a season. Welker is also the only player in NFL History with over 110 catches in five seasons. A favorite among the New England fans, which comes as a surprise to many that the Patriots organization did not place more value on Welker as their star player.
This also comes on the heels of Welker’s biggest supporter, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who recently restructured his contract and signed an extension so the organization would be $15 million under the cap. This will not go down well with Brady by far as a source told ESPNBoston.com,
“he trusted the Patriots would add the right players to finish his career with the best chance to win another championship.”
Welker will now go from future hall of fame quarterback Tom Brady to another future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning. With Manning at the helm, Welker will also join Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. Welker will have the opportunity to continue a great career as well as possibly face his former team in the AFC. I believe this will no doubt add fuel to his fire to go out a have another excellent season, which will only add to the Broncos stock.
Will the Patriots offense miss Wes Welker?
- Yes (73%, 8 Votes)
- No (27%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 11