Former New England Patriots wide receiver has signed a 2-year, $12 million contract with the Denver Broncos. 

Man, you talk about a shift at the top of the AFC; former New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has signed with the Denver Broncos.  Wes Welker had 100+ receptions in five of his six seasons with the Patriots.  Welker averaged 112 receptions, 1,243 yards, and 6 touchdowns in each season of his six years with New England.

Wes Welker is basically a receiver that dominated between the 20’s.  He averaged 112 catches each season, but only six touchdown receptions with the Patriots.  This is why Welker is a good weapon, but not a top-five wide receiver.  Welker is great at moving the chains.  He’s a great possession receiver, but he has never had 10 touchdown receptions in a single season.

This is also why no team is breaking the bank to acquire Welker.  He’s definitely a valuable asset, but he’s not going to dominate in the red zone.  He’ll be a significant upgrade in Denver and key target for Peyton Manning, but I doubt he will score a lot of touchdowns.  The New England Patriots are reportedly perusing St. Louis Rams unrestricted free agent Danny Amendola to fill the void left by Welker.

Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” weekdays from 1-3 pm ET on WTMM.