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Broncos having “serious talks” with Wes Welker

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Wes Welker may be ready to go from Tom Brady to Peyton Manning.

Welker, the free agent receiver who appears to be far apart in his contract talks with the Patriots, is now in “serious talks” with the Broncos, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Although wide receiver isn’t necessarily a position of need for the Broncos, who already have Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, they surely wouldn’t mind adding a slot receiver like Welker, who has topped 110 catches in five of the last six seasons. Last year’s No. 3 receiver, Brandon Stokley, is an unrestricted free agent, and bringing in Welker while losing Stokley would be an upgrade for the Broncos’ offense.

Stealing Welker away from New England would carry the added benefit for the Broncos of weakening one of their biggest rivals for the AFC title.

It’s also possible that seeing what the interest level is from other teams is just what both Welker and the Patriots need to work out a deal of their own. So it’s no sure thing that Welker will leave New England. But if he does, Denver is looking like a strong possibility.

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  1. truthassassin says: Mar 13, 2013 2:54 PM

    Wow, that could be a game changer for the Broncos… Thomas, Decker, and Welker? That would be a MONSTER receiving corp

  2. gcsuk says: Mar 13, 2013 2:54 PM

    What’s a “slog receiver”?

  3. shaunypoo says: Mar 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please.

    (I have Manning as a keeper in my fantasy league.)

    Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please.

  4. jayynation says: Mar 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    Tom brady will be hurt if this happens

  5. rc33 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    Have they actually got the cap space? And if it requires letting Dumervil walk, is it worth it?

  6. seahawksteven777 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    Broncos vs Seahawks Superbowl. Calling it now if this happens.

  7. phoowes says: Mar 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    Man if Peyton has a “slog” receiver it is a wrap!

  8. blackngold4life says: Mar 13, 2013 2:56 PM

    SURE THEY ARE..

  9. ampats says: Mar 13, 2013 2:57 PM

    Denver is the only team that I think could get Welker. If receiver is not a need of the Broncos,are they really willing to tie up 9+ per season to lock him up?

    The biggest reason Welker will re sign is because he is TB’s binky and BF. Lots of posturing.

  10. tonyugoh says: Mar 13, 2013 2:57 PM

    So let me get this straight, Tom Brady takes “less money” in order for the Pats to clear cap space to re-sign Welker, only for the Pats to lowball Welker and see him potentially jump ship to that “selfish choker” Peyton Manning’s team?

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  11. dangernearing says: Mar 13, 2013 2:57 PM

    seahawksteven777 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    Broncos vs Seahawks Superbowl. Calling it now if this happens

    >>>

    Way too much hot air in Seattle. They will crash and burn. Way too many egos brought in

  12. ironyisadeadscene says: Mar 13, 2013 2:58 PM

    Both Decker and Thomas had about 115 catches each. Where does Welker expect his touches to come from?

  13. gumbogumbo says: Mar 13, 2013 2:58 PM

    Of course he wants a HoF’er throwing him the football

  14. haterade999 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:58 PM

    Broncos (might) secure a player under 33. The future is bright.

    In any other division and this team barely gets a WC spot.

  15. gritsngravy23 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:59 PM

    Welker: “I’m concerned about my role in New England! Let me check in with a team that has a solid #1 and #2 receiver who are both younger than me”

  16. trollhammer20 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:59 PM

    Would be a nice toy for their offense, but really, isn’t their primary need a safety who can understand the meaning of “DO NOT LET ANYONE GET BEHIND YOU.”?

  17. chiwizlive says: Mar 13, 2013 3:00 PM

    This is all I want,snatch welker from the pats,it makes us stronger and makes the pats weaker and just the sound of Thomas,Decker,&Welker is music to my ears. Message to Elway: GET IT DONE!!! and let’s go!!!

    #BroncoNation

  18. gjeffries says: Mar 13, 2013 3:00 PM

    Manning is greatest regular season QB of all time. Him and Welker can both choke in the playoffs together!!

  19. ckinthekc99 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:00 PM

    But the Chiefs got Donnie Avery….

  20. tennesseeoilers says: Mar 13, 2013 3:02 PM

    Wow … Payton plus Wes Welker? Even more dangerous than Brady plus Welker.

  21. bradygirl12 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:03 PM

    Smokescreen…I hope! It would be the same feeling as Vinatieri going to the Colts. No,actually it would be much worse.. In any case,I hate this!

  22. siknutty says: Mar 13, 2013 3:04 PM

    This would give the Broncos the best group of receivers in the game if it happens. Welker is good, but is not worth breaking the bank for.
    I would rather see them draft a WR and use that money on secondary help.

  23. bigdawg24 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:05 PM

    This would be a disaster … for the rest of the AFC West….

  24. seahawksteven777 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:06 PM

    dangernearing says:
    Mar 13, 2013 2:57 PM
    seahawksteven777 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    Broncos vs Seahawks Superbowl. Calling it now if this happens

    >>>
    Way too much hot air in Seattle. They will crash and burn. Way too many egos brought in

    >>>

    Nope. Just the truth bro. Sorry that some of you can’t handle that. You mad bro?

  25. enviroman08 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:08 PM

    Makes sense…very good fit in Denver…would love to see Manning/Welker dismantle the Brady bunch!

  26. boston444 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:09 PM

    Welker is asking for too much money for the broncos to afford if they truly want Freeney. Plus, welker was complaining about the amount of looks he was getting on the patriots, yet he wants to go to a team with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Jacob Tamme? Sounds like he’s just trying to make the patriots nervous

  27. gjeffries says: Mar 13, 2013 3:11 PM

    seahawk I think Seattle has a shot, but Denver is the new Colts with Manning. 13-3 every year and then 1 and done most of the time. Only thing in Seattle is that the 49ers are also improving. Kaepernick anither year of experience Boldin and being linked to Reevis (doubt will happen). Also have 14 draft picks so rich get richer. Trust me I hope Seattle goes to suoer bowl over 49ers, but just saying it is no definite they even win there division.

  28. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 13, 2013 3:11 PM

    Terrible move for Welker. He’s nothing without Tom Brady.

    Or Matt Cassel.

    And of course, he did alright under the circumstances with Joey Harrington, and Cleo Lemon, and Gus Frerotte, and Sage Rosenfels….

    Terrible move for Welker. Don’t know what he’s thinking.

  29. ncm42 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:12 PM

    @haterade….13-3 wouldn’t win any other divisions?

  30. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:12 PM

    Manning’s shoulder was clearly shot by halftime in the last playoff game. He’s not the QB he used to be and I doubt he’ll make it through all 16 games this season.

    He did well coming back from his neck injuries but they cause him a lot more trouble then he lets on.

  31. azarkhan says: Mar 13, 2013 3:13 PM

    “It’s nice to stick it in Bill’s face once and a while.” – Wes Welker

  32. patfanken says: Mar 13, 2013 3:13 PM

    Can Denver fans please explain to me HOW they are going to pay $10MM/yr over 3 or 4 years, and THEN pay Thomas and Decker a combined $20MM next year????

    Welker will work fine for the Bronco’s THIS year, but would cause a disaster going forward. For this reason, I think the Denver rumor is more about Florio following one of his agent buddies’ directions, than something that’s real

    Too bad for Bronco’s fans, because he would have been a nice fit in Denver.

  33. robertw2010 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:13 PM

    Tom Brady will demand an explanation!!!!!

  34. ckinthekc99 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:13 PM

    This is why the Raiders are scrapping 2013, Chiefs & Chargers should follow suit

  35. iamapatsfan says: Mar 13, 2013 3:14 PM

    I don’t know. If this happens, I would be surprised.

    1. Do the Broncos have the cap space to straight up out bid the Pats?

    2. The Broncos already have two solid receivers. A big part of the problem in NE, apparently, was that Wes wasn’t the central threat last season that he was used to. I don’t see him becoming a larger part of the Broncos than he would be remaining with the Patriots.

    The only reason I could see this hapenning is if Wes really is pissed off at the Pats enough to leave and go somewhere that he could expect to win a Superbowl soon, I guess. In that case, the Broncos satisfy both areas, being both in the AFC and a probable contender for at least the AFCCG this year.

    Hopefully, a complete team player such as Wes gets over the slight (I mean, it didn’t take long for him to re-establish his dominance in the Pats passing game after the game 1 snub) and doesn’t let his ego walk him out of Foxboro. If the Pats sign him for 3 more years, they will use the hell out of him, which would be his primary issue solved.

  36. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    Patriots haven’t won any SB’s with Welker. Let him go.

  37. scoops1 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    siknutty says:Mar 13, 2013 3:04 PM

    This would give the Broncos the best group of receivers in the game if it happens.
    —————————————

    Green Bay!!!!

  38. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Mar 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    Wes Welker should take a page out of Adam Vinatieri’s playbook. Clearly, Welker has already given the Patriots a significant “hometown discount” for five of his six years with the team. If he feels the Pats are undervaluing him, then he should leave. If I were Welker, I would even consider settling for less money to play with a quarterback like Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck. Furthermore, I would make it clear to other prospective teams that I wouldn’t allow New England the opportunity to match any offer. I didn’t blame Vinatieri for leaving then, and I wouldn’t blame Welker for leaving now. This is a great opportunity for a serious AFC championship contender to take away a PROVEN and DURABLE player—not to mention Tom Brady’s “security blanket”—from another AFC championship contender.

  39. robertocfg says: Mar 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    If Welker goes to Denver, the playoffs will be a beautiful show to watch. Just imagine it: if somehow Manning manages not to throw a game-clinging interception, Welker will have a shot at dropping it.

  40. chrispin53 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    Heard the Bengals are a sleeper candidate opposite of AJ Green and to assist with their 3rd down woes.

  41. tim8450 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:16 PM

    The Pats will end up with Dummervil and Welker.

  42. riseabovecancer says: Mar 13, 2013 3:16 PM

    Actually Wes Welker is still in serious talks with the New England Patriots.

    The Denver Broncos have yet to call Wes Welker’s agent

    So Another rumor

  43. JackAcid says: Mar 13, 2013 3:17 PM

    seahawksteven777 says:
    Mar 13, 2013 2:55 PM
    Broncos vs Seahawks Superbowl. Calling it now if this happens.

    ————————————–

    Why are Seattle fans so delusional?

    Win the division before talking Super Bowl.

    Win a Super Bowl before talking dynasty.

    In that order, k?

  44. capslockkey says: Mar 13, 2013 3:17 PM

    How do the Broncos have the space to sign Welker to a market deal? This would certainly mean Dumerville is gone. As a rival fan, I’d much prefer facing a team that thought an aging WR who’d be third on the depth chart was more important than one of the better pass rushers in the league in the middle of his prime.

  45. gjeffries says: Mar 13, 2013 3:19 PM

    wrenches2pipes
    They also have not won a super bowl since they were not allowed to spy.

  46. ckinthekc99 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:22 PM

    As a rival fan you are full of shiznut

  47. charleythedinosaur says: Mar 13, 2013 3:23 PM

    The Pats have been way too quiet in free agency so far. Maybe there actually is something to the story of them flirting with the idea of going after Victor Cruz. Brandon Lloyd has Tom Condon as an agent too and they managed to work out a deal last year.

  48. truthfactory says: Mar 13, 2013 3:25 PM

    Funny how everyone says manning choked in the playoffs this year. He put up 21 points (should have been 24 if not for missed fg). While Brady and company put up a measely 13 points against the same team.

    Broncos had the Ravens beat had it not been for a miracle hail mary, while “mr clutch” tom bradys team wasnt even close to winning their game.

  49. rajbais says: Mar 13, 2013 3:26 PM

    Just go there Wes!!!

    They have $ & a QB!!!

    You wanted both and there you’ll be set!

  50. ravenswillalwaysbeourbitch says: Mar 13, 2013 3:27 PM

    Please, They are the Yankees of the NFL. The only thing the do every year is buy a Super Bowl championship. They can no longer CHEAT to get them. The only problem for them now is they are not acting fast enough to get who they want. The other team that has not won anything in 20 years is beating them to it (Bolden and Reed). So keep it up Winers, keep moving faster…… It’s EGO time, enjoy it Billicheat.

  51. buffalomafia says: Mar 13, 2013 3:27 PM

    Look out for Denver if they land Welker?!

  52. chiwizlive says: Mar 13, 2013 3:27 PM

    Message#2 all this talk about we can’t afford to sign welker because of the ramifications it could cause when it comes time to sign decker&Thomas is understandable but let’s not forget the window to win is small maybe 3 years tops you have to go for it now and when it comes time to resign Thomas or Decker you can always release welker or whomever is under performing this is the NFL,but you gotta get a Super Bowl out of it…

    #BroncoNation

  53. rc33 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:28 PM

    The talking heads proclaimed the Patriots either dead or in serious trouble after they dumped Randy Moss as well.
    Ask yourselves this: could $9-10M a season be better allocated?

  54. heyguru1969 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:28 PM

    gcsuk says:
    Mar 13, 2013 2:54 PM
    What’s a “slog receiver”?

    See Wikipedia under “David Boston”

  55. gjeffries says: Mar 13, 2013 3:33 PM

    truthfactory
    Look at Manning’s playoff history. He has 5 one and done’s after being a top 3 seed in confrence. 21 points with the weapons he has is not enough. He is getting paid top 3 QB money meaning you can’t lose at home in playoffs after a bye. Watching game you could see Manning was a little off. Also Brady has proven enough times in his career that he is much more clutch than manning. Heck I would take Eli over Payton in the playoffs anytime.

    P.S. I am not a Pats or Broncos fan so just giving an objective perspective

  56. gogeturshinebox says: Mar 13, 2013 3:37 PM

    If the Broncos can doo this then they should go for it. Welker would be a great addition and their passing corp would be that much more dangerous

  57. bubba99m says: Mar 13, 2013 3:38 PM

    seahawksteven777 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    Broncos vs Seahawks Superbowl. Calling it now if this happens

    >>>

    Way too much hot air in Seattle. They will crash and burn. Way too many egos brought in

    Also way too much thin air in Denver. Broncos will finish 9-7 maybe 10-6 if they’re lucky, especially if they lose Dumerville and anyone else on defense just to make cap space. Welker to Denver would be a mistake by both parties. I don’t think BB is going to lose any sleep over this. I know I’m not.

  58. titansbro says: Mar 13, 2013 3:39 PM

    This does not make them the best wr core in the league. I’m taking the Falcons receivers anyday over these guys. Still a good signing but get real.

  59. rc33 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:40 PM

    All totalled, Mannings “one and done’s” come to 7 or 8.

  60. gcsuk says: Mar 13, 2013 3:40 PM

    seahawksteven777 says:
    Mar 13, 2013 3:06 PM
    dangernearing says:
    Mar 13, 2013 2:57 PM
    seahawksteven777 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    Broncos vs Seahawks Superbowl. Calling it now if this happens

    >>>
    Way too much hot air in Seattle. They will crash and burn. Way too many egos brought in

    >>>

    Nope. Just the truth bro. Sorry that some of you can’t handle that. You mad bro?
    ——————————————————
    How is it that EVERY team has that one over-the-top “turd in the punchbowl” fan on this website?

  61. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 13, 2013 3:43 PM

    Welker 6yds. fall down. Welker 6yds. fall down. Welker 6yds. fall down. Repeat 8 or 9 times a game. Pats ahead by with 7 minutes left. Opponent scores 3 TD’s to tie game. Pats kick field goal and win game in regular season. Repeat 17 times. Playoffs …. Pats looooose. Repeat this 9 years in a row. Patriots recipe for football season. Boring recipe. No thanks honey I’ve had enough. But thanks for cooking dinner.

  62. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:44 PM

    “gjeffries says:
    Mar 13, 2013 3:19 PM
    wrenches2pipes
    They also have not won a super bowl since they were not allowed to spy.”

    Fine to criticize but at least know what you’re talking about.

    All teams can spy. There is no nfl rule prohibiting the spying out of other team’s signals. All coaches keep track of other team’s signals.

    There was a rule inserted prior to the 2007 season that made it illegal to shoot video from the sidelines that the Pats broke. Yes the taping made collating the information regarding other team’s signals easier. No, it was not a magic telepathic system that gave them some massive advantage that the tinfoil hat and propellor beanie crowd seem to think it was.

  63. johnnyballgame7 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:47 PM

    Well if Manning’s arm isn’t as strong, as some doctors on this site report (same doctors that said he wouldn’t last two games last year), then he can dump the ball to Welker. The dude tears it up every game. Can’t wait for the Pat’s vs Broncos Monday night game this year.

  64. patriotenvy says: Mar 13, 2013 3:49 PM

    This would put ratings for the Home game against the Broncos through the roof.

  65. siknutty says: Mar 13, 2013 3:52 PM

    Keep dreaming scoops1!! Your once vaunted receiving corps is not nearly as talented as it used to be..

    Statistically, (Thomas, Decker, and Welker; 297 rec, 3852 yds, 29 tds) had combined better stats than Green Bay’s top 4 receivers (Jones, Cobb, Nelson, Finley; 255 rec, 3150 yds, 31 tds). With the exception of 2tds of course.

  66. azarkhan says: Mar 13, 2013 3:52 PM

    wrenches2pipes says: Patriots haven’t won any SB’s with Welker. Let him go.

    What an amazingly ignorant thing to say. Using your “logic”, the Dolphins should have cut Dan Marino loose long before he retired.

  67. gjeffries says: Mar 13, 2013 3:53 PM

    harrisonhits2

    So knowing what defense a team is calling by watching there signals, since you have been spying on them, is a small advantage? Having a good idea what play call on offense the team is looking at by watching the signals you have been taping is a small advantage? I think that’s a pretty nice piece of information that gives you a good competitive advantage at the end of games especially. They won there super Bowl’s by 3 pts and were last minute drives. So to me and many others that is not a small thing. Between the spygate and the “tuck rule” I would say that is a very suspect team to call a dynasty. You can’t minimize the competitive advantage a team gets by seeing a signal and knowing exactly what blitz is coming and knowing how to attack it. Even if want to call it a small advantage (I disagree) . then look at the point differential in there super bowl wins. I think winning by 3 pts on game winning drives makes the “small advantage” a huge factor in super bowl history now doesn’t it?

  68. boogerhut says: Mar 13, 2013 3:55 PM

    harrisonhits2 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:12 PM

    Manning’s shoulder was clearly shot by halftime in the last playoff game. He’s not the QB he used to be and I doubt he’ll make it through all 16 games this season.

    He did well coming back from his neck injuries but they cause him a lot more trouble then he lets on
    ==================================
    Did he ever say he was 100% at any point in the season? His shoulder didn’t lose the game. It takes a season just to get back to football shape after a big injury for anyone. Maybe you’ve taken to many (nut) shots to the head to analyze anything more complex than the taste of jello.

  69. BigBeachBall says: Mar 13, 2013 3:59 PM

    Chargers
    Chiefs
    Broncos
    Oakland

  70. ijahru says: Mar 13, 2013 4:01 PM

    gjeffries

    So you are saying that at halftime of the Super Bowl the Patriots were able to go through 30 minutes of tape and find out what the different signals meant? Where were they able to do this, in the middle of the locker room? Don’t you think league officials and security are also in the locker rooms during the Super Bowl. You are a typical hater who can’t grasp what the Patriots were really doing which was using the tapes to figure out the opposing D coordinators tendencies for the next time the Patriots played them. Taping the signals gave no advantage during the game.

  71. rc33 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:01 PM

    I think winning by 3 pts on game winning drives makes the “small advantage” a huge factor in super bowl history now doesn’t it?
    —————————–
    LMAO @ “now doesn’t it?”
    According to who?
    A jamoke sitting at a keyboard.
    Got it.

  72. mojomagician says: Mar 13, 2013 4:04 PM

    I got to hire the Broncos cap genius accountant. Somehow they have signed Manning last year to 5 yrs and $96mil deal, franchised Clady which means he will make around 10 mil minimum for this upcoming season. Signed Vasquez on day 1 of free agency for around $24 mil (5 mil in ’13) , resigned Vickerson. Likely to sign Freeney and now Welker??

    Not sure how that is remotely possible, but I want this guy doing my books (at least until the IRS shows up at the door)

  73. gjeffries says: Mar 14, 2013 3:30 PM

    ijahru

    Hey genius I will make this simple. It’s reported that they were sending someone to steal the opponents signals before they faced them while that team was playing another team. So they knew what each signal meant before the game. Also if you have someone on your staff designated in the 1st quarter to watch and steal signals then they write them down and between each play when the coordinator is in QB’s ear he says they are sending an overload blitz here according to there signals. You act like this is impossible. It’s a huge advantage. Also isn’t it funny how all those close super bowl wins since then have turned into close super bowl loses without this advantage. You can’t argue that bc it’s how it has now played out. Without spy gate and tuck rule you have maybe 1 super bowl.

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