The Denver Broncos became what many would call the AFC favorites next season by adding the versatile wide receiver Wes Welker yesterday. The ex New England Patriots stud wideout has compiled over 110 catches in five of his six seasons with the team. He is also widely known as one of the better “yards after the catch” guys in the entire NFL.
Over the past couple of years, it seemed that Welker was not treated like the star receiver he was in New England. A guy like him can easily be overshadowed by the other big name exciting playmakers like Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall, and Julio Jones, to name a few.
Yet what Welker brought to the Patriots cannot and will not be replaced. He has been a one-of-a-kind receiver since coming into the league, being able to take a four or five yard slant and add an extra fifteen yards, seemingly at will. Welker is a quick, smart, and agile wide receiver able to get himself open at all of the right moments.
So why have the Patriots acted as if they didn’t want to pay him top tier money?
Joining the Broncos was the best decision Welker could have made this offseason. Agreeing to stay in New England would have only prolonged this type of move, as the frustration would have grown increasingly larger. John Elway knows what kind of player Welker is, and he immediately acted upon that feeling.
Going from Tom Brady to Peyton Manning will go down as one of the most curious, and might I add fortunate moves a wide receiver has ever made in free agency. The Broncos will be a powerhouse on offense with Welker joining already established Pro Bowler Demaryius Thomas and his teammate Eric Decker who is also a smart football player in and of himself.
Welker had quite the buzz around him as free agency opened on Tuesday, but it seemed he knew where he wanted to be. In fact, he was said to have “pitched himself” to Elway more so than the other way around. From the sound of it, Welker already had his mind made up that he was leaving New England, and justifiably so.