Wes Welker still looking for a place to play in 2015

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The last time we had an update on free agent wide receiver Wes Welker, the news was that doctors said everything looked good on cognitive tests taken to assess the impact of three concussions over the last two seasons.

That late April word didn’t seem to do much to move the needle for NFL teams, though. Welker said that he wants to play in the 2015 season, but he remains unemployed and hasn’t been linked with any teams over the last month. That hasn’t dimmed his desire to continue his career, however.

“At times you’re sitting there and thinking, ‘Well maybe I should [retire].’ I think it’s just people kind of [pressuring you], but the more you think about it, and you’re away from it, I’m not ready to [retire]. I still feel good,” Welker said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show. “I still feel like I have some really good football left in me. I’ve always said [I’ll play] until the wheels fall off.”

Welker said a return to the Patriots “wouldn’t be the worst situation in the world,” although there’s no sign that the Patriots have any more interest in Welker’s services than the other 31 teams that have left him unsigned this offseason. Between his concussion history, declining production the last two years, age or some combination of those things, there are plenty of reasons why teams have avoided Welker and it may take a negative change of fortunes at wideout for anyone’s mind to change.

47 responses to “Wes Welker still looking for a place to play in 2015

  1. As a close friend of some who know Wes personally, it has been brought to my attention that Wes has been hoping that the Cowboys sign him as, in his opinion, they are a team on the cusp of being a powerhouse and need a steady and reliable slot guy for the times when Witten is either doubled or slowed down due to the combination of the season grind and age

  2. Wes, I love ya Man. But it’s time to hang them up. Whatever you would make isn’t worth the risk now. If you have enough left to play, you have enough left to make the best decision for your future self. We’ll miss you. You were fearless, and a great player. Now it is time to face this one without fear.

  3. Sorry Wes we loved you but we don’t want or need you in the future. Once you retire I will put your signed authentic helmet back out in my man cave.

  4. Never should have left the Pats… Manning got you knocked right out of the league

  5. You could have stayed with the Patriots. I hear they won the Super Bowl last year — the year after your team got embarrassed on the same stage by the same opponent.

  6. blitzinc43 says:
    Jun 2, 2015 10:17 AM

    As a close friend of some who know Wes personally, it has been brought to my attention that Wes has been hoping that the Cowboys sign him as, in his opinion, they are a team on the cusp of being a powerhouse and need a steady and reliable slot guy for the times when Witten is either doubled or slowed down due to the combination of the season grind and age

    ********************************************
    The Cowboys re-signed Cole Beasley to play that role.

  7. The dude is 0 and 3 in Super Bowls. I am beginning to detect a pattern here. Patriots were 4 and 0 without him (0 and 2 with him). Broncos in recent history are 2 and 0 without him (0 and a whopping 8 to 43 with him)

  8. Bencoates, as a Bears fan, I’d love to see it. But we all know Jay likes to lead those slot guys into a huge hit. Earl Bennett made his living not dropping passes, and not getting injured from the boom that came from hits up the middle. Eddie Royal is gonna have to deal with it now. But no way Welker can stay healthy with Jay leading him into trouble.

  9. Welker is one hit away from drooling out the side of his mouth for the rest of his life.

    The smart thing to do here is = Be thankful for the career & $$$ you made for yourself = RETIRE and ENJOY LIFE.

  10. Notice how he said he wouldn’t mind going back to the pats. Guess he realized not playing with the GOAT was a mistake and that he could’ve been apart of the team that beat the PED hawks

  11. Wish things had a better ending for him here in New England, as well as his overall health.

    Might be time to hang up the cleats and think about his long term well being.

  12. Great Patriot, always will be. We (almost) forgive him for dropping that poorly thrown pass in the SB. That being said I would counsel him to ride off into the sunset with some semblance of a functional brain left. If he hasn’t been signed yet 32 teams are telling him it’s time. If one does sign him on the cheap is the money really worth losing his sanity?

  13. Why would the Patriots wanted to have kept him from leaving, or sign him again now? You can’t tell me Hoodie and Brady don’t still hold a grudge about him costing them the 2012 Super Bowl. They don’t seem the forgiving types.

  14. We was a great player and a fierce competitor. I hope for his sake that he retires before he does irreparable damage to himself.

  15. Welker is one hit away from drooling out the side of his mouth for the rest of his life.

    The smart thing to do here is = Be thankful for the career & $$$ you made for yourself = RETIRE and ENJOY LIFE.

    ———————-

    Exactly. The man had a great career. I know he wants to win the big one, but at what cost. Just hang them up before it’s too late.

  16. As a close friend of the friend of the barber who cuts the hair of the gas station employee who’s neighbor saw Wes driving by said Wes wants to sign with the Redskins.

  17. First off, loubearkane’s post made me literally laugh out loud. Bravo, sir!

    Second, to Welker: Do you any clearer sign to retire? It is all well and good the cognitive tests are positive. At this time. Yes, it is hard to walk away. But do so, while you can. And will be able to enjoy life after football.

  18. Blitzinc43…

    The Cowboys are on the cusp of being a powerhouse? The Cowboys can’t win a playoff game without help from the refs. Ask Lions fans about that.

  19. Welker didn’t “cost the Pats the 2012 Super Bowl.” He caught 7 balls on 8 targets, his only miss being the overthrown ball by Brady. Yes, would’ve been awesome if he had pulled it down, but it was by no means a “bad drop.”

    Brady’s ridiculous jump-ball interception intended for Gronk and the safety were worse crimes, but our secondary going completely missing in the 4th quarter (not unlike 2007) was the real culprit.

  20. Three concussions over the last two seasons? Wes, it’s time to retire.

    You are one of the greatest NFL receivers of all time and have nothing left to prove. End it now while you can walk away with your brains relatively unscrambled.

  21. …..I have to agree…Manning was the worst thing that ever happened to Wes. Guess Peyton did’nt forget all the times Wes burnt the Colts when he was with the Pats. Peyton really did’n care if he ‘lead’ too many over the middle passes to wes while in Denver.

  22. Sounds like one of those guys that will get signed after week 1 when there will be no full year guarantee, or when somebody’s slot receiver goes down in preseason.

  23. Amazing that 2 years later, Amendola makes clutch plays in a Super Bowl championship season, takes a paycut a month later, and Welker is an unemployed 34 year old receiver.

    Hashtag – Belichick wins again

  24. So Wes, do you want another ten good years, or two good years? The choice is yours, bud. I DEFINITELTY see CTE trauma problems for this warrior on the field. That must be said. He caught balls and took hits nobody would have taken.
    Retire, get a tv gig, and see you trackside for the Derby.

  25. We had a hint 2 years ago in the Super Bowl that WW was suffering with brain injury when he told the offense on the sidelines that all the Broncos had to do was play their game to beat the Seahawks.
    Sherman told him later just how delusional that was.

  26. Despite the jokes here’s hoping WW never suffers any side-effects from so many hits.

    Yeah, the Patriots offered him much more $ than the Broncos or any other team, and he let some pride issue get in the way and left – but he sure played fearlessly in NE and took the hits without complaint

    There’s no need for him to take a developmental roster spot from the Patriots or any team at this point – once injuries hit he’ll likely be a call many teams make though

    But he’d be better off taking his chips and walking away from the table

  27. Stay away from Cleveland whatever you do…

    That’s a guaranteed concussion just waiting to happen with the collection of “hasbeen” and “nevergonnabe” quarterbacks they have.

  28. I’m sure he can still play, but it isn’t worth it. that’s great that he doesn’t show any ill effects now, but everyone knows that concussions are cumulative.

  29. Jaguars could use a vet to help coach the young ones. Just go in on situational downs for short yardage with low chance for head shots…..oh wait….we’re in a division with the Texans…….

  30. The NFL is telling Wes its time to retire. He has lost all his quickness and he is done. Even if he didn’t have any concussions the athletic ability is gone and so are interested teams.

  31. Seattle, Miami, Dallas would all be great spots..Heck Denver will need him after the get Emmanual Sanders killed going over the middle

  32. If someone cared about him, they WOULD be pressuring him to retire before his brain is permanently scrambled.

    Let him be a lesson to every Broncos receiver. The Great Fivehead will get you murdered going over the middle just so long as Manning gets his stats.

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