Entering the NFL free agency period, the Denver Broncos were said to be in the market for a running back and perhaps a veteran wide receiver this offseason. Now that the team has agreed to terms, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com, on a two-year deal with Wes Welker, it appears they are giving Peyton Manning the ultimate weapon.
This seems like a match made in heaven as a quarterback that has turned the likes of Austin Collie and Brandon Stokley into complete studs and now has one of the best slot receivers to ever put on a uniform on his side. Last year was chalked up as a “Guinea pig season” for Manning because he missed all of 2011 and was playing with a team other than the Indianapolis Colts for the first time in his career. While the growing pains were abundant for the future Hall of Fame quarterback in 2012, I don’t expect to see any rust from #18 this year.
Welker is going to leave the New England Patriots pretty bare at wide receiver, but the Pats had ample opportunity to sign the wideout after pegging him with the franchise tag for the 2012 season. Tom Brady and Welker hooked up for over 670 catches in Welker’s six-year tenure, but many New England fans will remember the wide receiver’s inability to make the big play in two different Super Bowls. Undoubtedly, this move amps up the Broncos’ already high expectations with the goal being a Super Bowl victory and anything else being a failure.
Manning has also struggled in the postseason with just one Super Bowl ring in 12 years of making it into the playoffs. Welker will have to play a big part in this offense if Manning hopes to improve upon his lowly 9-11 record in the postseason.