Wes Welker not sure he’ll be back in Denver

AP

At a time when uncertainty has enveloped plenty of recognizable names with the Denver Broncos, let’s add another to the list:  receiver Wes Welker.

Asked Monday if he wants to return to the Broncos in 2015, Welker was blunt:  “I don’t know,” he said with a shrug, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.  “There’s a lot of things I need to figure out.”

One thing he needs to figure out is whether he wants to keep playing for a team that has made him the fourth option at best in the passing game.  His 49 catches for 464 yards and two touchdown in 14 games (with nine starts) represent Welker’s worst numbers since 2005, his second NFL season as an undrafted receiver out of Texas Tech.

Welker is due to become a free agent in March, along with receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas.  The bridge back to Boston possibly was burned via contentious negotiations in 2013.  And his concussion history becomes more and more of a concern as Welker ages and his skills begin to diminish.

So beyond the Thomases and Peyton Manning and various members of the coaching staff (including head coach John Fox), Welker could be one of the recent Denver mainstays who ends up not staying with the team two months from now.

52 responses to “Wes Welker not sure he’ll be back in Denver

  1. Retire now while you still have the mental ability left to spend your money on things other than health care.

  2. DT is a must to Bring back, at the right price. Julius Thomas will get huge money somewhere else, let him go. He’s good, but he’s raw, and not worth paying the huge Dollars to.

    Broncos have a lot of choices to make here.

  3. Loved Welker with the Pats, but there were at least two times during the Ravens-Patriots game when I said “Welker would have dropped that.” Change a couple of those critical 3rd down catches (including that shed tackle for a first down) to drops and the game goes to Baltimore.

  4. Wes Welker did not look himself this season.

    I am not sure if he was displeased with his spot on depth chart or he has suffered too many devastating shots to the head.

    Welker is a fun guy to watch but I would not be surprised if he hung them up before something tragic happens.

  5. DT looked disinterested & Julius looked average in his movements, I kept getting the feeling that Peyton had told his offensive teammates that this will be his last playoff run. CJ Anderson was the only offensive skill player who came to ball last night.

  6. Welker on his way out-Pats have Edleman and Ammendola–Bill was right and the pats win again!

  7. Basically Denver did what many teams do… if you can’t beat the guy then hire him so your opponent can’t have him.

    the concussions are scary and may have ended his career.

    I think he overthought this when he burned bridges and left NE. He should be on the Patriots and contributing as the 2nd option he used to be.

  8. mataug says: Jan 12, 2015 3:27 PM

    DT looked disinterested & Julius looked average in his movements, I kept getting the feeling that Peyton had told his offensive teammates that this will be his last playoff run. CJ Anderson was the only offensive skill player who came to ball last night.
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    The whole team got outplayed, plain and simple.

  9. Good riddance. Overpaid and no more ability. He was a no -show all year. I’d be fine if Julius left, too. I see no reason to give him top tight end money after his second half disappearance. Demaryius is a MUST sign though.

  10. Tommy made you and may take you….if you come on the cheap.
    remember your 1 concuss from being a vegetable and peyton will no doubt lead you to it.

  11. Some team would pick him up if he wants to play. That’s the biggest question.

    He’d still be one of the better receivers on quite a few teams out there in spite of his current age and health issues.

  12. So. much for the John Elway self proclaimed “Arms Race” during the pre-season. As fans we’re programmed to assume that the moves in the off-season will easily translate into success in January.

    So, who had the best off-season and how did that translate into reality?

  13. Please retire! I hope he’s not already on the path from sucking meat from a straw. But if not, retire now! Don’t go back to New England or anywhere else.

    If Peyton Manning doesn’t come back or Denver lets him go, they will blow up this team. They can’t keep everybody. Will they be able to keep both Thomas’? Maybe.

  14. Belichick let Welker go and signed Amendola to take his place. How well did that work out? Love Wes Welker, wish he had stayed a Patriot for the rest of his career.

  15. Texans are an obvious fit. O’Brien was missing someone with Welker’s skill set in his offense this year and they obviously have history together.

    I think Wes still has something in the tank. Manning and Gase just didn’t know how to utilize him.

  16. the broncos will take a step back, next year not alot of salary cap room, and manning has big cap hit, alot of freeagents, that will get well overpaid.

  17. When Manning retires, it will be a fire sale in Denver….get out now before the house of John collapses.

    Was a fine experiment to watch, but alas, can’t all be successes.

  18. It was bad enough for him in Denver when Manning was ‘healthy’ – how bad will it be for him there when Brock Osweiler takes over? Get out while you can.

  19. Patriots revisionists will overlook the fact that Wes helped lead the Broncos to an AFC Championship in 2013-2014, and they will try to give Bellichick credit for bailing at exactly the right time. When in reality, they tried to sign him, and were worse off because of his departure last season.

    That said, Wes’ best days are behind him. It’s been a hell of a career.

  20. Too many concussions, why not get while the getting’s good? No criticism intended; you can’t get your marbles scrambled too many times and live a normal life afterwards.

  21. Welker has never been a good fit it in Denver. For him to be successful, he must go someplace where the quarterback has a strong arm and can throw quick, low and accurate passes (Tom Brady). He made a big mistake in going to Denver and I’m sure he’d make a different choice if he had to do it again.

  22. Rex will bring him to Buffalo. I am not saying it will work but Rex has a fetish for former Patriots. Belichick also has brought in past stars that were willing to be role players down the depth chart at the veteran minimum. Don’t see Wes doing that unless no else is willing to sign him. The only way it happens is if Amendola leaves because the Pats ask him to take a pay cut.

  23. Last year was a bad year for Welker and this year was by far the worst since he went from Special Teams to Wide Receiver. With the concussions, he really needs to retire.
    He was a different player with NE and Brady because of the system. But, I am fairly certain that the Patriots don’t want him back.

  24. azarkhan says:

    Belichick let Welker go and signed Amendola to take his place. How well did that work out?
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    Maybe you’ve heard of a guy named Edelman???

    Made everyone forget about both Welker AND Amendola.

    Wes went for the big payday, and ended up on a team that didn’t value him as an option nearly as much as New England.

    Tell us, Wes, does that stack of cash look good in your trophy case where a Lombardi should be?

  25. Not that anyone cares, but the Pats are not a Boston team. Foxboro is halfway to Connecticut and you can’t get there via the city public transit, in fact, you can’t take a train at all. You HAVE to drive. The Sox, the Celtics, they are both near major transit hubs and most of us pass one or both stadiums on the way to work. They are Boston teams. There is a reason that they are called the New England Patriots, because they belong to the region, not to us here in Boston. (on a related note, only tourists call it beantown)

  26. I may be in the minority here but if Manning doesn’t come back retaining Demaryius Thomas could be a mistake. It would depend on who replaces Manning,wouldn’t want a Larry Fitzgerald situation with money tied up in a WR with no QB to get him the ball.

  27. lemmetalkwouldya says:

    Maybe you’ve heard of a guy named Edelman???

    Made everyone forget about both Welker AND Amendola.

    Wes went for the big payday, and ended up on a team that didn’t value him as an option nearly as much as New England.

    Tell us, Wes, does that stack of cash look good in your trophy case where a Lombardi should be?
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    Right, because the Pats won a superbowl after Welker left. Oh wait..no they didn’t..

  28. azarkhan says: Jan 12, 2015 4:18 PM

    Belichick let Welker go and signed Amendola to take his place. How well did that work out? Love Wes Welker, wish he had stayed a Patriot for the rest of his career.
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    They didn’t “let Welker go”. They tried to sign him and actually offered more than Denver did.

    Then the Pats brought in Amendola to replace him only to see Edelman emerge as the top slot receiver on the team and become a better player than Welker has been for Denver. So the Pats were better off without Welker.

    Finally, before we right off Amendola, let’s see how this season plays out.

  29. @ adoombray says:

    Do you even live in Mass?

    I agree Foxboro isn’t Boston. But it is 26 Miles south and nowhere close to CT. Last I checked, You can get a train to Foxboro from Boston on any game day.

  30. adoombray says: Jan 13, 2015 1:17 AM

    Not that anyone cares, but the Pats are not a Boston team.
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    Breaking news: It’s hard to fit a large football stadium into a crowded city. Which is why a lot of them are in the suburbs.

    It never occurred to me that someone would not understand this concept.

  31. I doubt Elway will offer Welker more than the veterans minimum. DT (and probably JT as well) will get overpaid by another team.

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