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Wes Welker a Jets headache no more

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83)

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) catches a pass during warmups before a game against the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, Mass. (Dec. 30, 2012) Credit: AP

As the Jets watch many of their unsigned free agents bolt for other teams (Shonn Greene, Yeremiah Bell and Mike DeVito, among others), they caught at least one break today when Patriots slot receiver Wes Welker decided to leave New England for Denver. 

Welker signed a two-year deal worth $12 million (a relative bargain, considering he made $9 million last year under the franchise tag). That means Welker goes from catching passes from Tom Brady to another future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning. Not a bad gig. 

It also means the Jets don't have to worry about defending him twice a year. 

Then again, Bill Belichick will surely come up with a viable alternative in Welker's absence. Danny Amendola of the Rams and Victor Cruz of the Giants, both restricted free agent slot receivers, have been mentioned as possibilities. And don't forget West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin, another speedy little wideout who can multi-task on a football field as a receiver and return man. 

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