The Denver Broncos have pushed all their chips to the middle of the table and said game on! On Wednesday, the Broncos signed wide receiver Wes Welker to a two-year contract worth $12 million. With that signing and the other work that John Elway has done in the first two days of free agency, it is Super Bowl or bust for the Broncos.
For the second straight year, Elway pulls off the signing of the offseason and reaffirmed to everyone that there is only one thing that matters, winning the Super Bowl. Last year, he went after and got Peyton Manning. Then after a disappointing playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Elway is only more driven and out of the blue signs Welker. He gets what he wants and now he wants a ring, so he will do anything to get it.
Welker joins an offense that was already the second ranked unit in the NFL, and he will make it substantially better. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are coming off of their best years as pros and will be even better with the addition of Welker.
One of the areas that the Broncos struggled with at times in 2012 was converting on 3rd and short, but Welker is a first-down making machine. He has never had two receivers on the outside like Thomas and Decker, who will open up the middle of the field for him.
When Thomas is double covered, Welker is going to be open over the middle and if they cover him, then Thomas is going to have a field day. If both of those guys are covered, then Decker is going to be wide open. In addition, the Broncos have two very capable tight ends who can do damage if everyone else is covered.
Winning the AFC West doesn’t matter and winning the AFC doesn’t matter. Elway and the Broncos have one goal in 2013 and that’s to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February 2014. Anything short of that and the season is a failure.
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