The New England Patriots lost Wes Welker and according to YouWager experts agreed to a deal with Danny Amendola to replace him Wednesday.
The Denver Broncos agreed with Welker on a two-year contract worth $12 million. Furthermore, the deal includes $150,000 in incentives in each year if he catches 90 passes.
Other sources have stated that the other team that pursued Welker was the Tennessee Titans.
New England responded quickly to losing Welker by agreeing in principle on a five-year, $31 million deal, including $10 million guaranteed, with St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola.
According to an inside source, Tom Brady is feeling down about Welker’s departure.
Denver executive vice president of football operations John Elway tweeted the club’s agreement with the former Patriot star.
New England had been negotiating with the 31 year-old leading up to free agency, however the sides could not find common ground on a deal. Welker,played under the franchise tag and a $9.5 million salary for the 2012 NFL season and finished with a team-high 118 catches for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns.
The Patriots chose not to tag him this offseason. If it had, Welker would have received an escalated salary of $11.4 million for the 2013 football season.
The Oklahoma City native had been a fan favorite in New England since he arrived via trade in 2007. His 672 receptions over six seasons (an average of 112 per season) since joining the Pats are the most in the league during that span. Welker became the first player in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons.
Among the 5 time Pro Bowler’s biggest supporters was Brady, who helped the Patriots clear $15 million in cap space over the next two seasons by restructuring his deal and signing an extension.