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New England Patriots, Denver Broncos final two for Wes Welker?

The Denver Broncos have been speculated as a fit for Wes Welker for quite some time, because they have an offensive system that, like the New England Patriots, utilizes the short and intermediate routes both outside and in the slot that fit Welker’s skill-set best. The Broncos have also have an elite quarterback in Peyton Manning with pinpoint accuracy and excellent decision-making, both assets that also play into Welker’s strengths. With Welker, the Broncos could very well be the team to beat in the AFC, and that’s why I would absolutely hate it if Welker signed with the Broncos.

However, it sounds like it has come down to the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, and that is according to Bill Simmons of ESPN and Grantland. The Boston-based writer did break the Randy Moss trade, and Simmons is a reliable source for big information regarding the Patriots, in my opinion. It make sense for the Broncos and Patriots- two contenders with elite quarterbacks whose schemes fit Welker- to be the final two teams for Welker.

All the stuff about Welker getting low-balled by the Pats seems to be agent-driven, but it is true that the Pats and Welker broke off extensions yesterday and were, per the Boston Herald, “miles apart”. If the Broncos do land Welker, then they will be stacked as an offense with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Welker, and Jacob Tamme as the weapons surrounding Manning.

The thought of it makes me sick to my stomach. I think the Patriots have a better chance at signing Welker than the Broncos do, and it would be a slap in the face if Welker really did sign with the Broncos. I actually hope Simmons is wrong here about it coming down to the Broncos and Patriots, but that’s only if the Patriots are still in it. It’s good to hear that the Pats still have a good chance at re-signing Welker, but all this drama surrounding him continues to make me fear the worst.

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  • Natmike

    If Brandon Stokley at 36 can catch 45 passes in 2012 for the Broncos, Wes Welker should have no trouble getting his normal 100+ receptions as a Bronco. If I were him, I think I would jump to the Broncos if this turns out to be an option.

  • Jared Wolfe

    Come here to Denver! We welcome you!

  • Joe Soriano

    Natmike and Jared, sometimes I feel like Broncos fans appreciate Welker’s talents more than some Pats fans. Losing Welker won’t hurt the team much, but it hurts the fans who truly enjoyed watching him quite a bit.