The Denver Broncos and Wes Welker are working on a potential deal that would pair one of the most prolific receivers over the past six seasons with Peyton Manning.
Filed to ESPN: Broncos in serious talks, trying to hammer out an agreement with Patriots WR Wes Welker. Decision expected today.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2013
Welker entered free agency after attempts to secure a long-term deal from the New England Patriots proved unsuccessful. After playing on the franchise tag last season for $9.5 million, Welker was hoping for a contract commensurate with his production where he averaged 112 catches a season during his six-year tenure as a Patriot.
According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, the proposed offer to Welker was a low-ball offer that was termed as “laughably low” and all but sealed his fate in New England.
Welker was the security blanket for Tom Brady and his production over the past six seasons is indicative of that, and could conceivably now be the recipient of catching passes from another one of the greats in Manning.
Just think about what Manning did with Brandon Stokley when the two played together with the Indianapolis Colts; that’s something that has Broncos fans giddy at the possibility of this addition.
Stokley had 66 catches for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns as the team’s third receiver in 2004 and with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker working on the perimeter, Welker will be roaming free over the middle and on underneath routes as he did in New England.
Up to this point I was under the impression that Welker would realize that he’s at his best with Brady throwing him the rock and he would re-sign with the Patriots. However, this revelation has me convinced that Bill Belichick blew it by getting too cute and thinking he could get Welker back after playing hardball with his stud receiver.
Assuming Denver doesn’t let Welker leave the Mile High City and he agrees to a deal with Denver, then they are easily the early favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.