Found March 14, 2013 on NESN.com:
Think Peyton Manning was excited to steal Tom Brady‘s kicker? Well, he’s pretty happy he got his slot receiver this time around, too. Manning was in the improbable role of Patriot-poacher on Wednesday when Wes Welker agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos that few people saw coming. While Denver was reportedly constrained in how much it could offer Welker, with the team having bigger needs, especially at tight end, the chance of getting Welker was just too good for the Broncos to pass up, according to reports. Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com says Manning had a role in getting the Broncos to woo Welker. “What I’m told Manning believed was this: Not only do you add a 100-plus-catch guy with Welker, but the Broncos also take away Tom Brady’s favorite weapon,” Freeman writes. “Manning may deny had any say, but he did influence this move.” Mike Klis of The Denver Post says executive vice president of football operations John Elway checked with Manning before pulling off th...
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