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Tue, 21 May 2013 09:36:38 -0700
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning already feels like he has some chemistry with WR Wes Welker. "There's certain guys you just feel like you have timing with right away," Manning said. "He's a guy that has a great feel for how to get open, and understands route concepts and, of course, he played in such a sophisticated offense there in New England, so he's a smart player." The Broncos used three-receiver sets 64 percent of the time last year, but expect that to increase dramatically as they look to create mismatches in the opposing defenses.
Fantasy Tip: This is good news for the Broncos, but for those in point-per-reception leagues, don't expect Welker to add 100-plus catches again with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in the picture. Welker should still be very productive, but he may no longer be a WR1 in those formats.
Tue, 21 May 2013 09:28:44 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker knows that with WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in the picture on his new team, he won't be catching as many passes like he did in his career with the New England Patriots. "If I have to catch 112 balls, that probably means we're in trouble," Welker said. During organized team activities Monday, May 20, QB Peyton Manning showed excellent chemistry with Thomas and Decker, but he also involved Welker some. Welker is on board with having a smaller workload, but Manning knows the benefit of adding Welker to the offense. "He's just been an extremely difficult guy to cover one-on-one, and then you can tell by watching him on film - he's an extremely smart player," Manning said. "He has an excellent feel for zone coverage. This is just the beginning stages of him getting comfortable in this offense, and he and I getting on the same page."
Fantasy Tip: Wide receiver targets in Denver this year will be tough to predict, especially at this juncture. They figure to air it out plenty, and all three wideouts will be valuable for fantasy purposes, but it might be a week-to-week difference on which receiver busts out based on matchups.
Mon, 20 May 2013 16:08:27 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker is already making an impression on the Denver Broncos as he is trying to get on the same page with QB Peyton Manning. "Wes and I will continue to work and try to get on the same page," Manning told reporters on Monday. "I thought we had excellent production last year at the slot out of [WR] Brandon Stokley and adding Wes as a new player - we're looking forward to getting on the same page."
Fantasy Tip: There is still plenty of time for Manning and Welker to get on the same page as the summer goes on and training camp approaches. Welker should have the same fantasy value with the Broncos as he did with the Patriots and should be drafted accordingly.
Tue, 07 May 2013 10:53:17 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Tavarres King, their fifth-round draft choice, has speed as his biggest asset, and he figures to add field-stretching ability to a stable of wide receivers - Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker - that is best known for their short to intermediate passing contributions. King may see some playing time for this reason as another option for QB Peyton Manning. "As a receiver I'm a guy that gets deep in a hurry, (I) led the FBS in yards per catch last year with 22. (I'm) somebody that you guys are going to be able to depend on, somebody who will do exactly as Peyton says," King said. "Peyton's going to put me in a position to succeed."
Fantasy Tip: The Broncos may have one of the most prolific offenses and aerial attacks in 2013 if Manning can stay healthy. They will be very dynamic, that's for sure, and King could add another dimension. However, with so many mouths to feed in the passing game, it's highly unlikely King sees enough field time to be fantasy-worthy.
Sun, 05 May 2013 11:49:53 -0700
Denver Broncos TE Jacob Tamme said he is happy that the team added WR Wes Welker this offseason and is not worried about how his production could be affected. "People ask me, 'Is it going to affect you?' All that sort of stuff," Tamme said. "I never really worried much about all that. Wes is awesome. It's great to have him here. It's been great to get to know him the past few days. He's going to be a great addition to our team. We have a lot of guys that can do a lot of different things. I'm going to do whatever they ask me to do."
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:19:14 -0700
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is excited to be working with WR Wes Welker. "Certainly he's made a lot of plays in New England," Manning said. "He's been great in the red zone. You've seen him catch a lot of touchdowns from Tom [Brady]. The two of them have had great timing -- and that developed over time as well. I don't think you can just say, 'Hey, we're going to have that right away.' It's going to take time. Of course, you want to try to get on the same page as quickly as possible. It was important to start the workouts we got in last week and use these what we call Phase One and Phase Two and minicamps and OTAs and training camp -- every repetition with him will be important. I think he provides some unique things. He has unbelievable quickness, he's excellent with the ball in his hands on those little screen passes. You've seen him get upfield quickly, and I've always thought he's had a nose for the end zone."
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:41:37 -0700
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning worked out with WRs Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker at Duke University Wednesday, April 10. Duke coach David Cutcliffe worked with them.
Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:20:32 -0700
Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster said the team had preliminary talks with Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker but that the talks never got serious.
Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:47:29 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker leads the NFL with 672 receptions since 2007. No wide receiver is within 80 receptions of Welker during that span.
Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:34:31 -0700
The agency that represents Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker released a statement Tuesday, March 18, saying the New England Patriots made just one offer to Welker during free agency, a "take it or leave it" proposition that left them no alternative but to go on the market and shop for a deal elsewhere. "Specifically, both sides are clear that the Patriots made one offer to Wes Welker since the prior negotiations ended in July 2012," the statement read. "Both sides also agree that this two-year offer came just hours before the start of free agency despite discussions that began at the NFL (Scouting) Combine. Moreover, this lone offer was presented as a 'take it or leave it offer.' When we asked if there was room for structural changes, we were told no."
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:16:28 -0700
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said QB Tom Brady never demanded the team re-sign WR Wes Welker. Kraft said Brady is not upset and that he does not answer to Tom Brady.
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:05:18 -0700
New England Patriots owner Robert Craft said everyone in the organization wanted Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker to return to the team.
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 06:10:26 -0700
New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said he believes restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz will receive a more lucrative offer than the two-year, $12 million contract Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker signed. "I think Victor will get higher than that," Tisch said.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:45:26 -0700
The New England Patriots signed WR Danny Amendola Tuesday, March 12, and allowed Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker to leave Wednesday, March 13. The team did not wait to see what Welker was going to decide, so they brought in Amendola.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 06:10:53 -0700
The Denver Broncos consulted with QB Peyton Manning before signing WR Wes Welker to a two-year contract. "I asked Peyton about it yesterday to make sure he was on board," executive vice president John Elway said.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 05:18:07 -0700
The Tennessee Titans pursued WR Wes Welker before he signed with the Denver Broncos.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:08:14 -0700
The deal signed by Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker has $150,000 in incentives for each year he catches 90 or more passes, but no other incentives.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:38:32 -0700
The New England Patriots' initial offer to Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker was for only two years and $10 million, but it isn't known if they matched the Broncos' offer.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:51:53 -0700
The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with WR Wes Welker on a two-year, $12 million deal.
Fantasy Tip: With Peyton Manning throwing the ball to Welker, it is likely his fantasy value will not change much, but it'll be difficult for him to approach 100 catches with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in the picture. Still, he should be a very effective slot receiver for point-per-reception leagues.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:38:25 -0700
The Denver Broncos have offered free agent WR Wes Welker (Patriots) a multi-year contract Wednesday, Mar. 13.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:04:37 -0700
The New England Patriots are still in the running to re-sign free-agent WR Wes Welker even though the Denver Broncos are pushing to sign him.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:28:08 -0700
It is "very likely" that the Denver Broncos and free agent WR Wes Welker (Patriots) will agree to a contract.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:49:27 -0700
The Denver Broncos are in serious talks with free agent WR Wes Welker (Patriots) trying to reach an agreement. A decision is expected today.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 08:54:48 -0700
Free-agent WR Wes Welker (Patriots) could reportedly sign with a team other than the New England Patriots after he received a substantially lower offer than he expected from the team.
Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:24:40 -0700
Talks between free-agent WR Wes Welker (Patriots) and the New England Patriots have broken down, and Welker will test the free-agent market.
Fantasy Tip: Tom Brady and New England's system fuel a big chunk of Welker's success, so it's safe to remain skeptical of banking on elite production from the slot machine if he lands somewhere else. Stay tuned.
Wed, 06 Mar 2013 06:21:59 -0800
Free-agent WR Wes Welker (Patriots) intends to test the free-agent market before deciding whether to re-sign with the New England Patriots.
Tue, 05 Mar 2013 09:02:16 -0800
The New England Patriots are closing in on a multi-year deal to re-sign WR Wes Welker. An NFL source says that the two sides are hoping to have something finalized before the onset of free agency March 12.
Tue, 05 Mar 2013 08:00:00 -0800
The New England Patriots are interested in free-agent WR Danny Amendola (Rams) if they are unable to re-sign WR Wes Welker.
Tue, 05 Mar 2013 05:14:38 -0800
A source close to free-agent WR Wes Welker (Patriots) said Welker has some disdain for the New England Patriots after he was used sparingly in the season opener last year. There's some worries about playing time if Welker were to re-sign.
Mon, 04 Mar 2013 06:46:12 -0800
The New England Patriots aren't expected to place the franchise tag on free-agent WR Wes Welker.
Mon, 04 Mar 2013 05:51:37 -0800
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft denied there is a handshake agreement with QB Tom Brady where Brady will be taken care of down the road financially, possibly even before this contract plays out. He also denied speculation that Brady agreed to the deal after being assured unrestricted free-agent WR Wes Welker would receive some of the money the Patriots saved on Brady's deal. "This is a real deal. Look at our track record. We don't do fake deals. The contract we have with Tom Brady is a real contract we will both live by," Kraft said.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:10:50 -0800
The New England Patriots have begun talking about a contract extension with WR Wes Welker. These negotiations are independent of the negotiations with QB Tom Brady that led to a deal, but that contract freed up $15 million and gave both sides more room to work with in these talks.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:20:08 -0800
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker could still receive a long-term extension from the team before the start of free agency. Welker could be in line for a five-year deal at roughly $8 million per season.
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:31:48 -0800
Atlanta Falcons CB Asante Samuel said New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker should look out for himself and take the most lucrative deal possible in the offseason. "He made a comment that I chased the money, and not the championship," Asante said of Welker. "... So here's my advice to you, Welker - You better chase the money, brother."
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:45:46 -0800
The New England Patriots will not place the franchise tag on impending free-agent WR Wes Welker, according to someone with intimate knowledge of the team's thinking. Welker is being whispered about as someone who is aging, drops too many balls and doesn't get enough yards after the catch.
Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:41:51 -0800
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker, impending free-agent OT Sebastian Vollmer and impending free-agent CB Aqib Talib are believed to be the three main candidates for the franchise tag if the team decides to use it.
Sat, 16 Feb 2013 09:13:32 -0800
If the Denver Broncos decide to make a big splash in the offseason, the wide receiver position is where the team could spend significant money. With his career winding down, QB Peyton Manning would like another big weapon to throw to. New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is an option, as could Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR Mike Wallace. The team could also attempt to trade for Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin.
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:42:11 -0800
There is growing speculation that New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker and WR Brandon Lloyd may not return in 2013. With TEs Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez on the roster, the offense would only have to change slightly without Welker. Hernandez would serve as the slot receiver, with Gronkowski working the middle of the field, in such a scenario. The Patriots may also not want to pay Lloyd a $3 million option he is due.
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:19:51 -0800
The Denver Broncos could show interest in New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker if he becomes available this offseason.
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:43:20 -0800
The New England Patriots figure to not only re-sign impending free-agent WR Wes Welker because of his importance to the offense, but also because the team has only two useful wide receivers under contract for next year in WRs Brandon Lloyd and Matt Slater.
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 10:33:24 -0800
The New England Patriots may need to look for a new punt returner because impending free-agent WR Julian Edelman and WR Wes Welker could leave this offseason.
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 05:47:31 -0800
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker has caught 29.6 percent of QB Tom Brady's completions since 2007.
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 05:43:40 -0800
The New England Patriots have yet to engage in any contract talks with impending free-agent WR Wes Welker. The team appears to want him back, and it is unlikely they will place the franchise tag on Welker, which would cost $11.5 million in 2013.
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:56:50 -0800
The Denver Broncos could show interest in Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR Mike Wallace or New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker if they become available this offseason.
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:02:57 -0800
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he would like to see WR Wes Welker back in a Patriots uniform. "I'd love him to be around," Kraft said today. "He's a great guy. Like I've said all along, it takes two sides to make a transaction. We have to manage the lawyers and the agents that they don't mess it up. I think Wes wants to be with us, and we want him here. It's just a matter of whether both sides can be intelligent."
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:59:54 -0800
The Chicago Bears could be in the market for a free-agent wide receiver with injury concerns to WRs Earl Bennett and Alshon Jeffery. Among the veteran wide receivers Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago says could be available this year in free agency are Mike Wallace of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs, Wes Welker of the New England Patriots, Danny Amendola of the St. Louis Rams, Julian Edelman of the Patriots, Brandon Gibson of the Rams, Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers, Brandon Stokley of the Denver Broncos, Donnie Avery of the Indianapolis Colts, Randy Moss of the San Francisco 49ers, Domenik Hixon of the New York Giants and Brian Hartline of the Miami Dolphins.
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:49:38 -0800
The New England Patriots are unlikely to put the franchise tag on impending free-agent WR Wes Welker for the second straight year, because they'd have to pay him $11.4 million in 2013. It appears he'll either sign a multi-year deal or hit the road packing in free agency.
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:28:56 -0800
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said Monday, Jan. 21, he wants the team to re-sign impending free-agent WR Wes Welker; however, Brady added those decisions are not up to him. "I think those business parts of the game are ... those usually take care of themselves," Brady said. "Certainly I'm not involved in any of those." Brady has made similar comments in the past when asked about Welker.
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:13:36 -0800
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick refused to discuss the future of the team's free agents, including WR Wes Welker, during his season-ending press conference Monday, Jan. 21. "Now's not the time for that," Belichick said.
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:02:58 -0800
New England Patriots WR Wes Welker, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, said after the AFC Championship Game that he doesn't know if he was playing in his last game with the team. "I'm not sure," Welker said. "I'm not worried about that right now." Welker played the 2012 season on the franchise tender of $9.5 million. If the Patriots franchised him again in 2013, they'd have to guarantee him an $11.4 million salary.