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It didn't take long for former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker to find a new home. A day after free agency opened, the five-time Pro Bowler agreed to terms on a contract with the Broncos, leaving Tom Brady behind in New England and teaming up with Peyton Manning in Denver. Welker has topped the 100-catch mark five times in the past six seasons, so how will he fare in the Mile High City, catching passes from another future Hall of Famer?


Don't know what you got 'til it's gone?

Welker was the biggest constant in an ever-changing receiving corps for the Patriots.

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How much will the Patriots regret losing out on Wes Welker?

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Catching fire

Welker was a pass-catching machine in New England, racking up 672 receptions in six seasons.

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How many receptions will Wes Welker have in 2013?

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Bang for the buck

Mike Wallace got a big-money deal from the Dolphins, but his production has paled in comparison to Welker's.

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Which free agent wide receiver will be a better fit with his new team?

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Big names leaving Boston

What'll be harder for Boston fans: seeing a clean-shaven Kevin Youkilis in pinstripes or watching Welker catch passes from Manning?

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Which recent Boston "betrayal" was the most surprising?

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NFL free agency is starting soon, and some big names might be on the market. The experts at Pro Football Focus have identified the top 50 free agents of 2013; now it's your turn to rank the best of the best. Just click on the images to set your rankings.

Top NFL Free Agents

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

Defensive end
2012 team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dwayne Bowe

Dwayne Bowe

Wide receiver
2012 team: Kansas City Chiefs

Jairus Byrd

Jairus Byrd

Safety
2012 team: Buffalo Bills

Ryan Clady

Ryan Clady

Offensive tackle
2012 team: Denver Broncos

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Quarterback
2012 team: Baltimore Ravens

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

Tight end
2012 team: Atlanta Falcons

Greg Jennings

Greg Jennings

Wide receiver
2012 team: Green Bay Packers

Jake Long

Jake Long

Offensive tackle
2012 team: Miami Dolphins

Henry Melton

Henry Melton

Defensive tackle
2012 team: Chicago Bears

Wes Welker

Wes Welker

Wide receiver
2012 team: New England Patriots

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We may not have the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning matchup in the AFC Championship Game much of SportsNation wanted to see, but both championship games are loaded with talent. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez are hoping to end their careers on top, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is two games away from winning a Super Bowl in his 10th career start, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's 0-for-3 record in the playoffs is history after a thrilling 30-28 victory over the Seahawks. How do the best players remaining in the NFL playoffs stack up? Click the images to vote.

Super Bowl XLVII players

John Abraham

John Abraham

Falcons DE

Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

Ravens WR

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots QB

Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

49ers WR

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

49ers TE

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Ravens QB

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

Falcons TE

Frank Gore

Frank Gore

49ers RB

Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Falcons WR

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

49ers QB

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Ravens LB

Brandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

Patriots WR

Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo

Patriots LB

Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

Ravens TE

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Ravens RB

Stevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

Patriots RB

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Falcons QB

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers LB

Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith

Ravens WR

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Falcons RB

Wes Welker

Wes Welker

Patriots WR

Roddy White

Roddy White

Falcons WR

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers LB

Danny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead

Patriots RB

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One odd subplot of this weekend was the continued absence of Wes Welker from the Patriots' game plan. Welker, who normally catches more of Tom Brady's passes than any other receiver, was barely used in Week 1 and only got big playing time in Week 2 because of an injury to Aaron Hernandez. Welker is being diplomatic about his reduced role, but is this really the way the Patriots should be using him?

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The Patriots have signed Aaron Hernandez to a long-term deal, notably before they gave Wes Welker anything of the sort. Welker has been Tom Brady's primary target in recent years, but is this a sign that he has been moved down the receiver heirarchy?

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