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Two years, $12 million for Welker


The deal is done and Wes Welker is a Bronco, leaving only the question of what it cost to get him to trade in Tom Brady for Peyton Manning.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it is a two-year, $12 million deal for Welker. That supports the evidence that this isn’t a great market for slot receivers and it also supports the notion that there wasn’t much reason for the Patriots to use their franchise tag on Welker this year.

It would have cost $11.4 million to keep Welker via the tag, just a bit less than what the Broncos are paying for two years of his services. It would seem that the Patriots didn’t even think he was worth that much, given reports earlier on Wednesday that their offer prompted Welker to look elsewhere for a better deal and by reports later Wednesday that the Pats passed on an opportunity to up their offer after Welker spoke to Denver.

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45 Responses to “Two years, $12 million for Welker”
  1. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 13, 2013 5:11 PM

    He is worth every penny of 6 million. The Pats will regret this one.

  2. rc33 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:11 PM

    Were the Patriots offering anything more than minimum wage?

  3. sdb0ltz says: Mar 13, 2013 5:12 PM

    Dang… I woulda paid that!

  4. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Mar 13, 2013 5:13 PM

    So Welker makes the same amount of money per year as Revis does?


  5. luckyarmpit says: Mar 13, 2013 5:13 PM

    Would that not be hilarious if Welker gets a SB ring with Peyton, something him and Tom could not do in their past two appearances?

  6. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 13, 2013 5:13 PM

    Brian Hartline got more money than Welker…

  7. vexey says: Mar 13, 2013 5:14 PM

    I thought the Patriots were balking at some crazy offer, like 10-13 million a year or something

    How do you let him go over SIX MILLION?!

  8. clarencewhorley says: Mar 13, 2013 5:15 PM

    Can’t believe the Pats didn’t go to 6 million…WOW

  9. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Mar 13, 2013 5:15 PM

    Welker made the right move. I wish him the best of luck. I wish the Patriots even more luck, because they will need it now more than ever.

  10. jtchernak says: Mar 13, 2013 5:16 PM

    When was the last time a team with a big offseason like the broncos won the Super Bowl? Answer never

  11. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 13, 2013 5:16 PM

    Man, Pats are really holding that drop in the ’11 Super Bowl against him.

  12. jrobitaille23 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:16 PM

    I have a feeling the year one money is much more than year two, some kind of way it becomes a one year deal. Don’t see why he would accept half of what Wallace got.

  13. boston444 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:16 PM

    Never question the patriots. Better resign Edelman. The kid shows flashes of wes and he’s also younger and will be much cheaper

  14. enochmh2 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:16 PM

    As long as Brady is there they’ll still score points,adding cruz or amendola would be great though

  15. gdeli says: Mar 13, 2013 5:17 PM

    pats loss like the 1st person said. Good for welker, colorado would be fun place if you gotta start again.

  16. wludford says: Mar 13, 2013 5:18 PM

    Not good news for Greg Jennings.

  17. deezrutz says: Mar 13, 2013 5:20 PM

    Not sure what the Pats are thinking. They’re down to one proven wideout who didn’t even have a good year with them. $6 million seems reasonable for a guy who’s proven himself to you year after year and is a perfect fit with the club.

  18. we_global says: Mar 13, 2013 5:20 PM

    I guess Wes doesn’t feel that he took money over championships like Asante.

  19. truthfactory says: Mar 13, 2013 5:20 PM

    Not a Patriots fan at all, but I’m stunned they didnt at least match this modest deal. This was a STEAL.

  20. blue18hutthutt says: Mar 13, 2013 5:24 PM

    $6 million for the best slot receiver in the game today?

    This must be one of the biggest steals in FA history!


    He either must hate the Pats or the Pats must’ve been offering him a combination of peanuts and Monopoly money!

  21. jrobitaille23 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:24 PM

    way cheap. less than Hartline? Wow

  22. usmutts says: Mar 13, 2013 5:27 PM

    I would bet you that Welker and Manning have already scheduled their first workout together – for tomorrow.

  23. davikes says: Mar 13, 2013 5:29 PM

    Can’t imagine the looks going around the Seahawks hq right now. “what? 6 million? really?”

  24. rickrock6661982 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:32 PM

    After all the games Bellichick played last year, is this really a surprise?

    Good for Welker and his idiot girlfriend

  25. yanksbills says: Mar 13, 2013 5:33 PM

    How much money does Denver HAVE???

  26. rushmatic says: Mar 13, 2013 5:33 PM

    I love Wes Welker, don’t get me wrong, but I think the Patriots will be fine without him. In that system, the TE’s can largely pick up the slack (if they stay healthy), not to mention a healthy Edelman and whatever they draft/pick up in FA. Welker had a LOT of catches, but he had some big drops.

  27. audge86 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:35 PM

    As a Patriots fan, I can’t believe this. They should have paid him that.

    Thanks for all the good years, Welker. Good luck

  28. time4complaints says: Mar 13, 2013 5:36 PM

    Somewhere Asante Samuel is smiling…. At the end of the day, just like Asante, Wes took the money elsewhere when the Pats didn’t offer enough…

  29. patriotnation12 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:36 PM

    As a die hard Pats fan…I always trust in BB. See Lawyer Milloy.

  30. theaxmancometh says: Mar 13, 2013 5:36 PM

    Jennings is getting cheaper by the hour, he’ll be back with the Pack soon for much less than he thought

  31. goods65 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:43 PM

    would have loved to seen welker in seattle,but he will florish in denver with manning.They got him for a steal at 6 mil,other than those 2 TE’s brady will have no one to throw to.Wonder if they will make Jennings an offer?

  32. goods65 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:45 PM

    i wonder why just 2 yrs though?

  33. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:47 PM

    The Vikings could have used Welker, but I guess he didn’t want to play with Ponder.

  34. broncosnative says: Mar 13, 2013 5:48 PM

    When it first came out about welker looking for a new deal with the pats, I thought maybe he was asking for 9 to 10 million a year. To here that he was sign for 6 and the pats couldn’t do that, I don’t get it. Brady just got screwed, what did he take a pay cut for? How did you let a guy who catches 100+ balls a season get away, even after being bench at the beginning of the season he still ended up the leading receiver. We’re they still mad at the dropped pass in the SB? Try letting a guy catch a 70 yarder for a TD (Moore) that’s a stinger there. Pats will regret not retaining welker, good news for my broncos thouh

  35. Deb says: Mar 13, 2013 5:58 PM

    It will be difficult to envision Welker as anything but a Patriot. Then again, I felt that way when Reggie White left the Eagles and now can only picture him as a Packer. Somewhere Peyton Manning is grinning wide.

  36. thirtyrackdash says: Mar 13, 2013 6:00 PM

    If the Pats wouldn’t match $6 mil a year then they must know something the Broncos don’t. Guy is probably damaged goods.

  37. broncosnative says: Mar 13, 2013 6:08 PM

    yanksbills says:
    Mar 13, 2013 5:33 PM
    How much money does Denver HAVE???

    They borrowed it from Peyton manning

  38. whoknowsnothing says: Mar 13, 2013 6:17 PM

    Look for the Patriots to use their first round pick on Victor Cruz now…………I would.

  39. randomcommenter says: Mar 13, 2013 6:33 PM

    These WR contracts are insane. Haven’t these teams realized how easy it is to play WR now that DBs aren’t allowed to touch them at all or hit them hard after the catch?

    With these new rules, you can get any moderately talented guy to run short routes over the middle. Case in point, Danny Amendola. Does anybody think he’s some great athlete?

    This draft is deep at WR. They cold have easily got a cheap rookie to do what walker will do.

    This move shows the broncos are going for it now. They might be garbage when manning retires if they keep making short sighted moves like this. That’s fine if you have a Ring to show for it, but if you don’t then it will be a rough start to the Osweiler era.

  40. fanofevilempire says: Mar 13, 2013 6:40 PM

    maybe Brady will become a mobile quarterback.

  41. accipiterq says: Mar 13, 2013 7:17 PM

    31 year Pats fan here. Everyone’s said it already in this thread. One thing I want to point out: Welker did NOT drop that pass in the SB. It was an awful throw by Brady.

  42. surfinbird1 says: Mar 13, 2013 7:21 PM

    Bill Belicheck has become an arrogant,power crazy lunatic. He has had it in for this kid for a while. They had no intention of signing Wes. Just had him running in circles.
    Bob Kraft is a liar. He hoped Wes would be a Patriot for life,and they wouldn’t match 2 years @ 6 mil? Good luck Wes. Hope you get a ring.

  43. jrobitaille23 says: Mar 13, 2013 7:47 PM

    it was catchable. He also dropped a huge third down catch in playoffs that could have helped ice the game and get them back to SB.

    News that Amendelo getting 31 million over 5 is perplexing. The word was Welker money was so low because he is a slot receiver…yet Danny gets 10 million guaranteed and way more total, and he is a slot guy too. Seriously, what is going on? Who is Welker’s agent? Helen Keller?

  44. michfn1 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:34 PM

    Patriots offered Welker a 2 year 16 mill dollar contract all guaranteed before franchising him last year and he passed so honestly letting him walk was the right call . he has begun to become somewhat of a diva and those types don’t last in NE long …

  45. peytontowelker says: Mar 14, 2013 8:04 AM

    I heard the interview was pretty quick. They simply asked Welker if he’d like to be thrown to by the very best…..he asked where do I sign. Great pickup Elway

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