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UPDATE (4:52 p.m. ET): It’s all over, and Wes Welker is officially a Bronco after signing a two-year contract worth $12 million, according to Adam Schefter. Man, it’s gonna suck to be a pitchfork in New England tonight.

Hey Danny Amendola, pick up that phone.

UPDATE (4:37 p.m. ET): Still waiting…

UPDATE (3:43 p.m. ET): WOAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!1

Also, YOU GUYS.

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Despite all the reports indicating that Wes Welker leaving New England could be a real thing, I’m still choosing to be a stubborn, grumpy old dude and not believe this one until I see it.

Such a sighting could be arranged soon.

Ruh roh.

Hey Billy Belichick, it sure seems like Welkah is serious about this whole bolting thing. Part of this still stinks of Welker and his agent attempting to make the Patriots come crawling back after talks reportedly broke off earlier this morning, with Welker fed up following a low-ball offer. But even if that’s true, the Broncos are now pursuing him with more aggression, and the thought of playing with Peyton Manning on a team that’s still very much a Super Bowl contender may be too much to resist.

Manning frequently utilizes his slot receivers, and he always has. That’s been Brandon Stokley’s existence both throughout his years in Indianapolis, and last year in Denver. But now he’s ready to dissolve into the great wide receiver beyond as a free agent, meaning that conveniently the Broncos need an upgrade at slot receiver. Welker is pretty good at that.

So here’s what will take shape if this hammering results in something concrete, and the first shocking move of free agency that delivers a deft judo chop to Belichick’s jugular. Manning — the Manning who passed for 4,659 yards at an average of 8.0 per attempt after missing a full season — will be throwing to Welker, Eric Decker, and Demaryius Thomas, a year after the latter two combined for 2,498 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

Yum.

Comments (3)

  1. Let him go, the Patriots will replace his production from within without blinking. Brady will still be there, and that’s what really matters. Also, they’ve got more depth at WR than they’ve had in a while. I’m a big Pats fan, and Welker fan for the most part, but let’s be honest he’s dropped some very big passes recently, including in the Super Bowl. I am unafraid, just as I’m sure he’ll be great in Denver as well.

  2. Also, those TE’s aren’t stopping any time soon.

  3. Kind of tough to see Wes go as a die hard Pats fan, although I can see both sides of the argument between Welker and the Pats. It’s going to be tough to replace his consistency, but hopefully Amendola can stay healthy, and Gronk too for that matter. On the other hand, you knew Welker was only going to give up his spot with the Pats to play with another elite QB and as it happens, he will get his wish. He should have been more careful about what he wished for IMO.

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