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How Wes Welker, Patriots parted

When team sensed stalemate, it quickly moved on to Danny Amendola

Updated: March 14, 2013, 1:19 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The stunning events that led to receiver Wes Welker signing with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, and the New England Patriots filling the void with Danny Amendola, came down quickly behind the scenes, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

The breaking point came Tuesday in the mid-afternoon before the official start of free agency, when the Patriots and Welker's representatives halted contract talks. The team's offer, a two-year, $10 million pact with incentives that could ...

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