The biggest news on day two of NFL free agency was that Wes Welker is moving west after signing a two-year deal worth $12 million with the Denver Broncos. After a record-setting six seasons with the Patriots, Tom Brady's go to guy heads to the Mile High City to suit up with Peyton Manning.
Welker, who is 31 years old is going to replaced by 27-year old and former Rams receiver Danny Amendola, who was signed to a five-year contract worth $31 million, of which $10 million is guaranteed.
Amendola, who had a career-best 85 catches in 2010, has missed 20 games the past two seasons because of injury. Welker missed a total of three in his past eight seasons. Denver was already the AFC favorite to get to the super bowl, this move just solidfied their chances.
The Bills in need of linebackers signed Manny Lawson. Lawson’s deal is $12 million over four years, with $5 million guaranteed. He’ll earn $4.65 million in 2013. Lawson, 28, played the last two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, after spending his first five NFL years with the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners selected him in the first round in 2006, 22nd overall. Lawson has started 81 of 96 career games. He has 331 career tackles, 18.0 sacks, 19 pass break-ups, two interceptions, seven forced fumbles and five fumble
The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder played his college ball at North Carolina State. He
not only played on the same defensive line as star Bills defensive end Mario
Williams, Lawson said the two roomed together. Buffalo still needs to add another linebacker, a safety, receiver and yet another qb.