It's yet another deliriously wonderful Orange and Blue March day in Denver.
The last one was in 2012 when John Elway, John Fox and Peyton Manning held an historic press conference at Dove Valley introducing the Broncos' quarterback.
Today we got Wes Welker. We wrestled him away from the Patriots. The smell of Super Bowl is in the air.
The build-up certainly wasn't was as dramatic as it was last year. One minute Welker wasn't even on the radar and the next minute he was a Bronco. This signing lacked the frenetic lead-up of the Manning one, with the numerous team visits, the looking at flight plans, the media hordes and 95% speculations. It just happened.
Wes Welker didn't sneak off with John Elway for whiskeys and crash at Brandon Stokely's place like Manning did. Wes Welker took Brandon Stokely's job; and Brandon Stokely understands why. In fact, he supports the move. He told Mike Klis of the Denver Post, "Look at what he’s done the last six years. I’ve always thought he was underrated. You see these other receivers out there getting big money, I think Wes deserves what some of these guys are getting.”
Stokely is the ultimate team player. That's why the Broncos must find a spot for him on the active roster.
He's a perfect backup / complimentary guy to Welker (they're kind of cut from the same cloth). He's a solid veteran leader on the offense and he can make impossible catches.
Whatever the Broncos may be able to save under the cap by not signing Stokely, it will cost more not to have him.
Besides, we love him. He's in many ways the ultimate Bronco. Stokely represents all that's right with sports and with Colorado.
Stokely must stay.