FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s news that most Patriots fans may not want to hear. Wide receiver Wes Welker has become a Denver Bronco.
Welker, who spent six years with the Patriots, signed a two-year deal with the Broncos and becomes the newest target for QB Peyton Manning.
The rumors of Welker’s departure started swirling around 2:45 p.m. and according to several reports, Welker took the offer from Denver back to the Patriots, giving the team a change to match the Broncos’ proposed deal.
Apparently, that match never came because about ten minutes before 5:00 p.m., Welker signed with Denver.
Welker is the premier slot receiver in the league, catching 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six TDs last season. He’s developed quite a rapport with Tom Brady during his time with the Patriots.
The Broncos are banking the same kind of relationship can develop between Manning and Welker.
ESPN’s Adam Shefter reports that it’s a two-year, $12 million dollar deal
Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway tweeted that it was a two-year contract but no financial terms were mentioned.
Welker and Broncos are set to face Brady and the Pats next season in a game on a yet-to-be-scheduled date at Gillette Stadium.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.