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Welker met with Manning; talks with Brady

04/03 11:43 AM

Wes Welker said Wednesday in an ESPN Radio interview he's had a chance to speak with both his new quarterback, Peyton Manning, and his old one, Tom Brady, since his decision to leave the New England Patriots to sign with the Denver Broncos.

Wes Welker said Wednesday in an ESPN Radio interview he's had a chance to speak with both his new quarterback, Peyton Manning, and his old one, Tom Brady, since his decision to leave the New England Patriots to sign with the Denver Broncos.

When asked on "Mike and Mike in the Morning" whether he has had a chance to talk with Manning, he said he recently had dinner with his new quarterback in Miami.

"We just kind of caught up and talked about the year and different things about the offense and stuff like that. I'll be working with him next week and start to get that process going," said Welker, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Broncos last month.

Later in the interview, he said he and Brady have talked often since he signed with the Broncos.

"Tom's one of my good friends, and we stay in contact quite often," Welker said.

Welker said he and Manning didn't discuss too much football during the dinner because "we didn't want to bore everybody else at the table." Welker said he didn't pay the bill for the dinner, but the receiver said, "it got paid for somehow, so I'm guessing it was him."

The Broncos' first voluntary workouts of the offseason are scheduled to begin April 15.

Welker said Manning and Brady, his quarterback for six seasons with the New England Patriots, are very similar.

"I think they're both extremely accurate ... they're extremely smart players and have a good idea where the rush is, and moving around and buying time and getting the ball out quick and being smart and putting it right on the money.

"Not being the biggest guy out there, I definitely need a quarterback that can put it on you and just be able to read the defenses like I do and see it the same way, and I think both guys do that well," he said.

Welker called his decision to sign with the Broncos "just business." As for whether he'll play with a chip on his shoulder this coming season as a result of the Patriots letting him sign elsewhere, Welker said nothing has changed in that regard.

"I feel like I've been doing that for my entire career, so I don't see that changing," he said.


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