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Wes Welker sure knows how to pick his quarterbacks. The star receiver, Tom Brady's favorite target, is leaving New England and heading to...

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Wes Welker sure knows how to pick his quarterbacks.

The star receiver, Tom Brady's favorite target, is leaving New England and heading to Denver, where he will join Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

The Patriots quickly replaced Welker by agreeing to a five-year deal with Danny Amendola, former St. Louis Ram, according to several reports.

Also getting new deals were Reggie Bush in Detroit and former Washington Husky Dashon Goldson in Tampa Bay.

Day 2 of the NFL's free-agency frenzy was highlighted by Welker grabbing a two-year deal with the Broncos, who had the AFC's best regular-season record last year. He gives Manning one of the steadiest targets the four-time league MVP ever has had.

Broncos boss John Elway said on Twitter: "Excited to have Wes join the Broncos. His production & toughness will be a great asset!"

The best slot receiver in the league, Welker caught 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six TDs last season.

The 27-year-old Amendola finished last season with 63 receptions for 666 yards and three touchdowns.

Bush agreed to a four-year deal and could fill a huge hole at running back. "It's a running back's dream," Bush said. "One of the reasons I wanted to come here is to be able to bring a balanced attack."

Bush adds to a strong offense led by record-setting All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson. The second overall pick in 2006 by New Orleans, Bush rushed for 986 yards for Miami last season after gaining 1,086 yards in 2011, his first year with the Dolphins.

All-Pro safety Goldson gets a five-year contract worth $41.25 million. He receives $8.25 million per year and $22 million in guaranteed money. He spent the past two seasons on one-year contracts with the 49ers, including last year with the franchise tag for $6.2 million.

"Hard work really pays off. I remember signing up to play football, hiding it from my mom," as a youngster growing up in Harbor City, Calif., Goldson said. "My journey, I wouldn't say it was rough, but it was a little rocky."


• Arizona, in dire need of RB help in the backfield, agreed on a one-year contract with former Steelers starter Rashard Mendenhall. For three of his seasons, Mendenhall's offensive coordinator was new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals also cut free safety Kerry Rhodes, a move that cleared $6 million in salary cap space.

• Tennessee agreed to a deal with running back Shonn Greene, continuing to stay busy in free agency in an effort to improve their offense around quarterback Jake Locker. News outlets said the deal is for three years and $10 million.

• Chicago released tight end Kellen Davis after signing Martellus Bennett away from the Giants to replace him.

• The Giants signed 11-year veteran kicker Josh Brown, who joins former Cowboys kicker David Buehler on the roster and apparently indicating free agent Lawrence Tynes won't be back.

• One day after the Colts signed five players to contracts, Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry became Indianapolis' newest addition by signing a four-year contract worth $24 million.

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