Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) evades a tackle by Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) in the second quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
Yesterday, Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos in a blockbuster move. So what does that mean for both the Patriots and the Broncos? Heck, what does it mean for the AFC?
Many fans, and even some analysts, are already calling for a shift in power within the AFC. However, without seeing any results of the move in game time action, many of those claims are either mislead, or over exaggerated.
To look at the Broncos, Welker is obviously going to be a great addition to the type of pass-first offense that Denver runs. With very solid outside threats like Demaryius Thomas, Welker will quickly emerge as a go-to guy in the slot receiver position on any down. The offense should and will become much more dynamic with his signing.
But don’t count out the Patriots. It wasn’t a matter of money for New England from the start. They seemed to have their eyes on another star receiver before free agency even began. And when the time came, the Patriots grabbed Danny Amendola, formerly with the St. Louis Rams.
So while the Broncos will gain production, the Patriots will be far from losing it. And the AFC may not see such a huge power shift after all. Just two great teams that had a different look on how to become better.