Englewood, CO (Sports Network) - After being on the other end of a countless number of passes from Tom Brady over the past six seasons, Wes Welker will now be catching them from Peyton Manning.
The prolific slot receiver bolted one AFC power for another after reaching an agreement with the Denver Broncos on a two-year contract on Wednesday.
Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway announced the move on Twitter, though financial details were not readily available.
"Agreed to terms on a 2-yr deal with Wes Welker," Elway tweeted. "Excited to have Wes join the Broncos. His production & toughness will be a great asset!"
More to follow...
Allen Park, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions addressed the running back position on Wednesday by agreeing on four-year pact with free agent Reggie Bush.
The former USC standout is coming off a two-year stint with the Miami Dolphins and has the potential to be an explosive option out of the backfield for a Detroit passing attack which threw more than any other team in the league during 2012.
After a few injury plagued seasons in New Orleans, where he spent his first five NFL seasons, Bush missed just one game over two productive years with the Dolphins.
Between the 2011-12 campaigns, the 28-year-old rushed 443 times for 2,072 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also adding three receiving scores and 588 yards on 78 catches.
Drafted by the Saints with the second overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Bush has accumulated 4,162 rushing yards, 372 catches for 2,730 yards and 44 total touchdowns over 91 games.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) _ Penn State has released a document sought by some of its critics detailing the agreement with former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a review that cost the school about $8.1 million.
Including the bill to pay Freeh, Penn State's total costs associated with the scandal topped $41 million as of the end of December, the university disclosed Monday on a website.
The monthly financial update provided more itemization for certain costs, including the Freeh report. The update also counted the first of five annual $12 million installments _ paid in December _ that would ultimately cover the $60 million fine from the NCAA as part of landmark sanctions for the scandal.
Some vocal alumni had called on university leadership to release itemized costs, in part to promote transparency. Those critics had also asked the university to release the letter of agreement, or ``engagement letter'' with Freeh, that outlined the scope and responsibilities of the former FBI director in leading the internal investigation into the scandal.
The letter from Freeh was signed Dec. 2, 2011 by then-board chair Steve Garban and trustee Kenneth Frazier, who headed the trustees committee to which Freeh reported.
Freeh concluded that Paterno and three school administrators acted to conceal allegations against Sandusky to protect the school's image. The administrators have vehemently denied the findings.
Paterno died in January 2012. Last month, an exhaustive critique commissioned by his family called Freeh's findings inaccurate and unfounded, and resulted in a ``rush to injustice.''
That review raised new questions about the report and the university's handling of the findings from the alumni critics, some ex-players and a handful of trustees including the outspoken Anthony Lubrano. In particular, Lubrano has said the school should ask for a refund from Freeh because the investigation was not full or complete
The engagement letter outlined that Freeh's findings would cover why there were failures to report; who knew about allegations; and how the allegations were handled by trustees, administrators, coaches and other staff.
The report ``also will provide recommendations ... for actions to be taken to attempt to ensure that those and similar failures to not occur again,'' read the letter posted by Penn State.
The school has said the findings were used to improve Penn State operations _ including how the trustees govern _ and that it was not within Freeh's scope to review actions or motives of other entities.
Lubrano joined the board in July, eight months after the scandal started. He praised the school for releasing the letter, but said ``In my view, pointing to the recommendations is a deflection of the real issue.
``The real issue is that Freeh did not deliver what he was engaged to deliver, what he was paid to provide,'' Lubrano said Monday in a phone interview.
School spokesman Dave La Torre said the letter was released after multiple requests from alumni, and that ``the board thought it was appropriate to do so.''
He declined comment when asked if the release of the letter might answer questions from critics.
In a statement, the alumni watchdog group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship said the engagement letter's release was important because it showed the Freeh team's obligation was to the trustees and not the school itself, and that the report should be reviewed by the public and NCAA in a ``far different light.''
The board, as the university's governing body, brought in Freeh for the school, the school said in a statement through La Torre. They were not separate entities, and ``there is no inherent conflict of interest between the governing body of an organization and the organization itself,'' the statement said.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) _ Tony Gonzalez is returning to the Falcons for the 2013 season.
Gonzalez, who led the Falcons with 93 catches last season, said on his Twitter feed Tuesday ``I'm coming back.'' The Falcons did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Gonzalez, who said during the season he was 95-percent sure he would retire after the 2012 season, says he made the decision to play after talking with his family.
The 37-year-old Gonzalez had 93 catches for 930 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
The Falcons were 13-3 last season and advanced to the NFC championship game. Gonzalez could have become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, but he says he wants to remain with the Falcons. He tweeted the Falcons' ``unbelievable fan support was too good to pass up.''
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Here's a Super Bowl twist: A guy who helped Baltimore beat San Francisco for the NFL title is now poised to join the 49ers.
San Francisco acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Ravens for a sixth-round draft pick Monday. Boldin, a star in Baltimore's run to the world championship last season, must pass a physical to complete the deal.
The Ravens announced the trade Monday, prompting a disappointed response from quarterback Joe Flacco.
``Anquan was a great receiver for myself and for our football team,'' said Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million deal with the Ravens last week. ``It's sad to see a guy like that go, but at the same time you want what's best for him and you just wish him the best of luck.
``Anquan was a big part of this football team, a big part of this offense. He's one of the many reasons we won the Super Bowl this year.''
Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. Boldin also had five receptions for 60 yards and two scores against New England in the AFC title game.
But he was due $6 million in 2013, the final year of his contract. After Boldin and the Ravens failed to agree on a restructured deal, Baltimore worked a deal with San Francisco rather than to simply cut him from the roster.
Boldin and former Cardinals teammate Larry Fitzgerald were in West Africa on Monday, continuing their efforts with international relief. Boldin was expected to remain in Africa through Thursday and was not immediately available for comment.
But some of his former teammates had plenty to say.
``It's a business, man. Those things are going to happen,'' wide receiver Jacoby Jones said. ``I wish Q the best. He's always a Raven with me, and we got something they can't take from us.''
News of the deal came shortly before several members of the Ravens, including Flacco and Jones, gathered to watch a screening of a DVD documenting Baltimore's magical 2012 season.
Boldin and guard Bobbie Williams, whose contract was terminated last week, were featured prominently in the movie. Free agents Paul Kruger, Ed Reed and Dannell Ellerbe may also be gone by the time Baltimore begins training camp starts in July.
Before entering the theater, Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones said of losing Boldin: ``That's really unfortunate, but that's part of the business. Right now we're here to celebrate the time that we did have with him.''
The 32-year-old Boldin had said he'd consider retirement rather than leave Baltimore. But going to the NFC champions might change his mind.
A 10-year veteran, Boldin led Baltimore with 65 catches for 921 yards and four TDs in 2012. He was sensational in the postseason, totaling 16 receptions for 276 yards and three scores.
Boldin was also a strong voice in the locker room and a teacher to second-year wide receiver Torrey Smith, who will likely become Flacco's top target in 2013.
``Definitely shocked,'' Smith said of the deal. ``You lose a great guy, a great leader. A mentor. All of that.''
Smith was more concerned about being in the huddle without Boldin than taking over as the Ravens' top pass-catching threat.
``It's not so much about football when you lose someone like that, someone you love like a brother and would do anything for you,'' Smith said.
Boldin spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with Arizona, which lost the 2009 Super Bowl to Pittsburgh. In that game, Boldin caught eight passes for 84 yards.
He came to Baltimore in a trade before the 2010 season. The team reached the playoffs during all three of his seasons with the Ravens.
``A veteran like that, you lose a lot,'' Jones said. ``You learn a lot of routes from him, moves, what he sees. He passed that on to us.''
The Ravens knew changes were coming, so the deal didn't come as a total shock.
``Not necessarily surprised,'' Flacco said. ``You see things like this happen every year in the NFL. It's just the nature of the business. ... Now we've got to put some faith in our young guys and hope they step up to the table and play the way they're capable of playing.''
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New York (AP) - The NFL says it will look into whether questions asked of Colorado tight end Nick Kasa at the combine violated any laws or league policies banning employers from inquiring about a possible employee's sexual orientation.
Kasa told ESPN Radio in Denver that during interviews with team officials at the combine in Indianapolis: ''(Teams) ask you, like, 'Do you have a girlfriend?' 'Are you married?' 'Do you like girls?'''
He did not identify who asked him such questions.
On Wednesday, Kasa said on the ''Dan Patrick Show'' he didn't think it ''was really a serious question.''
The NFL says it will look into Kasa's comments and that ''any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline.''
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL players association, said in a statement: ''I know that the NFL agrees that these types of questions violate the law, our CBA and player rights. I hope that they will seek out information as to what teams have engaged in this type of discrimination and we should then discuss appropriate discipline.''
AUDIO: FOX Sports Radio’s NFL Insider, Jay Glazer, breaks the news that Alex Smith has been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs
AP Pro Football Writer= A person with knowledge of the trade tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from San Francisco.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade does not become official until March 12, when the NFL's new business year begins.
It's the first big player move by Kansas City since Andy Reid took over as coach after being fired by Philadelphia.
Fox Sports first reported the deal.
Smith lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick after sustaining a concussion Nov. 11. Kaepernick played well, and coach Jim Harbaugh stuck with him even when Smith was healthy.
Kaepernick led the 49ers to the NFC championship and a close loss to Baltimore in the Super Bowl.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about his story on Tom Brady’s contract extension.
AP Pro Football Writer= Tom Brady will be a Patriot until he is 40 years old.
Brady agreed to a three-year contract extension with New England on Monday, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press. The extension is worth about $27 million and will free up nearly $15 million in salary cap room for the team, which has several younger players it needs to re-sign or negotiate new deals with.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the extension has not been announced.
Sports Illustrated first reported the extension.
The 35-year-old two-time league MVP was signed through 2014, and has said he wants to play at least five more years.
A three-time Super Bowl champion, Brady will make far less in those three seasons than the going rate for star quarterbacks.
Brady currently has a four-year, $72 million deal with $48 million guaranteed.
Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are the NFL's highest-paid quarterbacks, at an average of $20 million and $18 million a year, respectively.
Brady has made it clear he wants to finish his career with the Patriots, whom he led to Super Bowl wins for the 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons, and losses in the big game after the 2007 and 2011 seasons. By taking less money in the extension and redoing his current contract, he's hopeful New England can surround him with the parts to win more titles.
Among the Patriots' free agents are top receiver Wes Welker and his backup, Julian Edelman; right tackle Sebastian Vollmer; cornerback Aqib Talib; and running back Danny Woodhead.
Brady has been the most successful quarterback of his era, of course, as well as one of the NFL's best leaders. His skill at running the no-huddle offense is unsurpassed, and he's easily adapted to the different offensive schemes New England has concentrated on through his 13 pro seasons.
The Patriots have gone from run-oriented in Brady's early days to a deep passing team with Randy Moss to an offense dominated by throws to tight ends, running backs and slot receivers.
Brady holds the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season with 50 in 2007, when the Patriots went 18-0 before losing the Super Bowl to the Giants. He has thrown for at least 28 touchdowns seven times and led the league three times.
Last season, Brady had 34 TD passes and eight interceptions as the Patriots went 12-4, leading the league with 557 points, 76 more than runner-up Denver.