Wes Welker was at the Denver Broncos training camp last week being more forthcoming with the media than ever before.
While a New England Patriot, Welker’s conversations with reporters were scrutinized by the notoriously tight-lipped Bill Belichick. In Denver, Welker can speak freely.
Welker, who signed a two-year 12-million dollar contract with the Broncos this off-season, said, “I feel like I can be myself a little more for sure.” Known in New England and around the league as a funny, witty player, Welker was famously benched by Belichick for the first series of a 2010 playoff game after publicly making fun of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
Welker was asked by reporters if there were any topics he was advised to avoid by the Broncos executives and he replied, “No … All they told me was, ‘Just be yourself.’”
That might take some adjusting for the future Hall of Fame receiver, who was very close to Patriots QB Tom Brady both on and off the field. Brady, in fact, was fairly open concerning his feelings about Welker’s departure, telling Welker that he too was “upset” by the Patriots’ decision to move on, especially after Brady restructured his contract in order to free up cap space for the organization.
Welker will now catch passes from Brady’s on-field rival and fellow elite quarterback, Peyton Manning. The Patriots and Broncos will meet on Sunday, November 24th, and Welker will be competing against the team with whom he spent six illustrious years.
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