“We accomplished a lot, and we’re trying to accomplish more,” Broncos coach John Fox said.
And anyone who thought Broncos quarterback-turned-boss John Elway would stand pat after a 13-3 season: “They don’t know John Elway,” said former Bronco safety John Lynch.
“I love it,” Lynch said. “They’re in it to win it. I think they’re doing it prudently, too. Welker was a bargain.”
Fox cautioned that it’s still mid-March and while some dollars are guaranteed, results aren’t.
“These things aren’t won on paper, and right now, we’re on paper,” Fox said. “That game is won between the lines, and anybody will tell you, we’ve got a lot of work (ahead).”
The Patriots moved quickly to replace Welker, luring receiver Danny Amendola on a deal that would reportedly pay him $31 million over five years.
Also Thursday, the Patriots announced the signing of running back Leon Washington, who has played seven seasons with the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks.
Amendola, 27, is a 5-foot-11, 188-pound former rookie free agent from Texas Tech _ the same school as Welker.
A five-time Pro Bowler, Welker averaged 112 catches and six touchdowns a year over six seasons with the Patriots. Amendola has struggled to stay healthy, playing in 16 games only once.
The Vikings grabbed Cassel shortly after the Kansas City Chiefs let him go, a person with knowledge of the deal told The AP on condition of anonymity because it had not been officially announced.
It was a busy day for the Vikings, who also were hosting Green Bay Packers free agent receiver Greg Jennings for a visit.
Cassel spent the past four years in Kansas City, making the Pro Bowl in 2010 after throwing for 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. But he has struggled the past two years, with 16 TDs and 21 interceptions. He’ll replace Joe Webb as Christian Ponder’s backup.
In Houston, Reed was picked up by general manager Rick Smith in the private jet of Texans owner Bob McNair. The move was tweeted by the team and then Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips tweeted that he was meeting with the Ravens veteran in his office, too.
Signing Reed would make up for an otherwise disappointing week for Houston. The Texans cut receiver Kevin Walter, then lost tight end James Casey to Philadelphia and safety Glover Quin to Detroit after the opening of the free agency signing period.