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Why did Wes Welker leave?

In the end, it was about respect.

After a record-setting six seasons with the Patriots and Tom Brady, Wes Welker will be catching passes and bouncing off tacklers for another team and quarterback — New England nemesis Peyton Manning.

Welker on Wednesday agreed to a two-year contract worth $12 million guaranteed with the Denver Broncos, one of the Patriots’ chief rivals in the AFC.

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