Welker signs up for two-year deal worth $12m with the Broncos.
The Denver Broncos have agreed a two-year contract with wide receiver Wes Welker worth $12m, with the deal also including performance-related incentives.
Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway
Agreed to terms on a 2-yr deal with Wes Welker. Excited to have Wes join the Broncos. His production & toughness will be a great asset!
— John Elway (@johnelway) March 13, 2013
Welker has been one of the best and most productive wide receivers in the NFL over the last six years, and will likely be a huge asset to Denver as they continue to build on their efforts from last season.
Coming off a 13-3 year during which the Broncos looked like a genuine Super Bowl contender, they ultimately fell short after losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the play-offs. However, those concerned with the franchise will have high hopes for the year ahead.
Having teamed up with Tom Brady back in 2007, Welker put up 112 receptions, 1,175 yards and eight touchdowns as the Patriots went undefeated in the regular season and went to the Super Bowl, but were eventually defeated by the New York Giants.
The 31-year-old continued to put up the numbers in the seasons that followed, and despite leaving Brady behind, he will undoubtedly be relishing the prospect of linking up with Peyton Manning.
The Patriots had been negotiating with Welker leading up to free agency, but the two parties couldn’t come to an agreement with reports suggesting that New England’s offer wasn’t deemed good enough.
Welker played under the franchise tag and a $9.5m salary last season, and finished with a team-high 118 catches for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns.
While Brady will now have to make do without him as the Patriots move forward with plans to replace him, Welker will hope to have an immediate impact in Denver.