Denver Broncos agree to terms with Wide Receiver Wes Welker from New England Patriots
WR Wes Welker. Photo: Denver Broncos
DENVER — The Denver Broncos agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Wes Welker Wednesday afternoon.
Welker starred with the New England Patriots. He made $9.3 million with the Pats last season under the franchise tag and was reportedly upset with their offer at the start of free agency.
The 10-year player will now catch passes for the Broncos and Peyton Manning, the Patriots’ biggest rival for AFC supremacy.
Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway announced the deal with Welker on Twitter:
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
The 2-year deal is reportedly worth $12 million. It could go to $14 million with incentives.
Welker, 31, caught 118 passes for Tom Brady and the Patriots last season. He has 672 regular-season receptions in his last six years in New England.
He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last five seasons.
He has 768 catches for 8,580 yards and 38 touchdowns during his NFL career.