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.