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John Elway: Wes Welker, Broncos agree to deal

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Wes Welker runs past Ravens CB Corey Graham in the AFC title game. (USA TODAY Sports)

The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with wide receiver Wes Welker, according to Broncos vice president John Elway.

"Agreed to terms on a 2-yr deal with Wes Welker. Excited to have Wes join the Broncos. His production & toughness will be a great asset!," Elway tweeted.

Negotiations with the Broncos were first reported by ESPN.

Welker, who made $9.3 million last season under the franchise tag, reportedly was upset with the offer he received from the New England Patriots at the start of free agency. He now joins one of the Patriots' biggest rivals for AFC supremacy — and will catch passes from Peyton Manning rather than his good friend Tom Brady.

Brady, for whom Welker caught 118 passes last season, recently signed a contract extension designed to free up money for the Patriots to sign players under the salary cap. He will not likely be thrilled by the departure of Welker to play for the only other quarterback of this era who rivals his accomplishments.

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