(WGR 550) -- From one Hall of Fame quarterback to another, wide receiver Wes Welker will be moving along. Welker has signed with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, team president John Elway announced on Wednesday.
It's a two-year deal according to the team, which takes Welker out of the AFC East from Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Welker has spent the past six seasons with New England, eclipsing 100 catches five different years.
Poised to become an unrestricted free agent in 2012, the Patriots assigned the franchise tag to Welker to avoid losing him for nothing. One year later, that fate is sealed with his two-year deal with Denver.
Welker joins an already potent receiving duo of Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, who saw their statistics amplified in 2012 with the addition of Manning. He'll become the slot receiver, having been one of the most feared at that position throughout his tenure in New England.
The contract has been revealed by multiple reports as a two-year deal worth $12 million total. According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, the Patriots lone offer was for two years and $10 million with incentives.