What had been a quiet day two of free agency for the Denver Broncos just got extremely interesting. The team, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is in serious talks with wide receiver Wes Welker. Welker was widely expected to return to the New England Patriots, but was unhappy with their last contract offer.
If John Elway is able to pull this off, it would be the second blockbuster free agent signing in two years after the team sign Peyton Manning one year ago. The addition of Welker to an offense that was already the second-best offense in football would be huge.
Welker is the best slot receiver in the NFL, and would fit perfectly with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. Thomas and Decker would start on the outside, and Welker start at the slot. As great as Welker was with the Patriots, he never had outside receivers like he would have with the Broncos.
Opposing teams would have to make some tough choices: if they double Thomas, then Welker is going to be open over the middle. If they double Welker, then Thomas and Decker are going to have one-on-one coverage on the outside. If they somehow cover all of those guys, then the Broncos have two tight ends in Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreesen that can hurt defenses.
It’s not done yet, and it is possible that Welker could be using the Broncos as leverage to get a better offer from the Patriots, but it does say one thing — Elway and the Broncos are playing to win, and they will do everything in their power to get that done.
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