Wes Welker tells reporters he pitched himself to Broncos VP John Elway, not the other way around

DOVE VALLEY, Colo. - Speaking for the first time after signing with the Denver Broncos, receiver Wes Welker told reporters he pitched himself to Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway.

"Denver, I felt, would be a great fit for me with their offense and how they run things," Welker said.

The former New England Patriot was a free agent and signed a 2-year deal with Denver.

"Probably the hardest part was leaving Tom [Brady]" he said, adding that the quarterback is a "great competitor, a great friend."

Welker is one of the NFL's best receivers. He caught 118 passes for 1,364 yards and six touchdowns last season. He was the top free agent receiver on the market this year as a five-time Pro Bowler.

The motivation behind his decision was a desire to win, he expressed several times.

"I want to win, that above everything," he said.

And a moment later, "Winning was a big thing for me."