Boston Globe, 30 min ago: 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. ... Why did it come to a divorce between Welker, who was beloved by fans and teammates, and the Patriots? In the end, it was about respect. Welker never thought the Patriots showed enough. ... Welker led the NFL in catches (672) and yards (7,459) since 2007, his first season with the Patriots. He is the only receiver in league history to post five 100-catch seasons, and he and Andre Johnson of the Texans are the only ones to have 18 games with 10 or more receptions. Welker stands as the Patriots’ career leader in receptions. ... The Patriots’ first offer this offseason came in much lower than Welker imagined at two years and $10 million plus incentives. That told Welker two things: His value in the Patriots’ eyes hadn’t changed, and it was time to look for another team. ... the decision for Welker was easy. He was off to play with two very good outside threats in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker — something he never had in New England — and another Hall of Fame-bound quarterback in Manning.