Wes Welker not sure his “heart and mind” want more football

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Wide receiver Wes Welker was out of football all of last offseason, but always insisted he wanted to continue playing despite the series of concussions he’d suffered over the course of his career.

Welker eventually signed with the Rams in November, although you’d be forgiven for having no memory of his eight games and 13 catches for a team playing out the string on a season and a city. Welker is a free agent once again and said during an appearance on NFL Network that his “heart and mind” are still going back and forth on whether he wants to pursue a 13th season.

“That’s kind of the million dollar question right now in trying to figure that out,” Welker said. “I think I’m weighing my options and really trying to figure out where to go with life next. But there are some days I wake up and I’m like ‘OK, I’m done.’ And other days I wake up and I’m like, ‘Oh, maybe one more year.’ But I’m trying not to rush into any decision but at the same time, know that and prepare myself for not playing.”

Given the lukewarm interest in Welker’s services last year, it’s hard to imagine teams are beating down his doors with offers to play and that could offer the final push that Welker needs to flip the switch from active NFL player to the next stage of life.

39 responses to “Wes Welker not sure his “heart and mind” want more football

  1. He picked the worst time to sign last year too. A week after he signed with the Rams the Patriots were without Edelman and Amendola for extended periods of time.

  2. “although you’d be forgiven for having no memory of his eight games and 13 catches ”

    cant tell if that is a CTE shot or not at Wes

  3. and proves BB/PATS right once again..he was awesome in NE..but like every human,,he simply was done,,and hurt..(like 5/6 concussions) ..we thank you WES here in NE,,but please retire while you can remember your families’ names…

  4. This guy has gotten his bell rung as much as anybody. One of the best to ever play in NE. Hang em up Wes. Even just one more headshot could mess the rest of your life up big time.

  5. I’m sure he can pull that shiny super bowl ring out of the safe and be satisfied in his decision to stop playing football, oh wait. Well, maybe Bill will allow you to come back as one of those hanger on types to get a ring this year… Maybe Edelman will let you see his ring. He made the catch(es) with the game on the line, just saying.

    Admittedly this post is very harsh on Welker, and in the grand scheme of things I still love Welker the player, and if he doesn’t end up in the team HoF I will be very disappointed, but that wasn’t a difficult catch for a player like Welker, especially when he got both hands on the ball

  6. Wes – you’ve had multiple concussions, and they do cause brain damage. You are a millionaire, and married. You are older and your skills have declined. It’s time to call it a career.

  7. Retire Wes please. You made a lot of money and I know you’re smart enough you didn’t blow most of it.

    Retire while you’ll still be able to remember who you are and what you achieved 10 years from now.

  8. He was perhaps the most consistent weapon in the league’s best offense for 6 seasons and played like a total madman every single snap. But when age catches up…that’s all she wrote.

    Godspeed, Wes. Go enjoy your millions and your fine wife on a beach somewhere.

  9. I think Welker’s best days are far behind him. But that’s not a big issue in itself. He played at an elite enough level that he may still benefit one of several teams in the NFL. The bigger issue relates to CTE. He played tough and got hurt often. And as it seems to becoming more and more clear, CTE sneaks up on you. Not like a Jaguar in the Amazon or anything, but until they develop a test for it, I would suggest he hang up his cleats and enjoy the game from the sidelines

  10. Maybe it’s not that he can’t decide, but that he decides and then can’t remember what he decided because he’s had more concussions than a 40 year old boxer.

  11. Dear Wes, in this moment of lucidity when you’re capable of making a sound medical decision for yourself… PLEASE RETIRE! As a fan of the game you’ve done more than your share to make the game exciting & fun… I really don’t want to read about your memory loss & problems 10 years from now. Get out while you can and enjoy your family.

  12. As a long time fan – please don’t. It is not worth it. You will not look back and say “I wish I played one more year”.

    There is a better chance you might have wished you played one year less.

    It is not worth it

  13. Get out Wes. Come to Foxboro and we will celebrate your great career and forgive you for dropping that ball.

  14. Please retire Wes. We are sorry that all of those ducks from noodle armed brady hung you out so many times over the years.

  15. Hopefully your heart will retire and take whatever is left of your mind with it.
    Seriously Wes, you’ve nothing left to prove on the field. Please retire before you end up like Bernie Kosar or Jim MacMahon!

  16. I’m sure there’s a neurological side to his dilemma.

    However, being a wide receiver for Jeff Fisher can also make you hate the game.

    Good luck passing the ball in L.A.!!!

  17. gysot says:
    May 26, 2016 9:25 AM
    Please retire Wes. We are sorry that all of those ducks from noodle armed brady hung you out so many times over the years.
    ———————

    Nothing screams shameless Bronco homer like blaming it on Brady when Manning was the one throwing him into harms way to the tune of 3 concussions in 10 months. Welker took more head shots in a season playing with Manning then he did in years of playing with Brady

  18. Brady missed the read and over thru you Wes. Anyone objective outside Boston knows this.

    Don’t listen to Brady Lady wife.

    Brady just a system qb.

    ***

  19. Borrowing from R Kelly’s lyrical opening line…
    “My mind’s telling me no, but my body is telling me yes”. Obviously R Kelly was singing about something else but Wes…what’s left of your mind is telling you NOOOOO!
    And don’t file a CTE lawsuit. Sue Brady for throwing you into triple coverage.

  20. No disrespect at all to Welker because the guy gives all out and was a great player even when he was with a bad Dolphin team. But a lot of it is that teams aren’t willing to sign him anymore due to too many injuries and his age.

    Wes, be proud of what you did in the NFL and enjoy your retirement. Again, no disrespect at all.

  21. Brady just a system qb.
    ———-
    Yes. A system that in a copy cat league nobody has been able to duplicate in over 15 seasons.

    Here is a clue. Every offense from Pop Warner to the NFL is a system. But it’s historical to see any QB at any level master a system to the level that Tom Brady has mastered the offenses that he runs. He is a perfectionist and he demands the same level of perfection from his supporting cast. Which is why NE is not the easiest offensive system to play in.

  22. Poor Wes isn’t sure what day it is. Please, please hang them up Wes and thanks for sacrificing your body and mind for the greatest NFL dynasty ever. Your New England Patriots!!

  23. Without Tom Brady, Wes would have been a afterthought. He benefited with the dink dunk offense. He was irrelevant in Miami, Denver, and Rams… Has more head injuries from high school to the pros. Sadly he will suffer from CTE as its proven head injuries and CTE are real. He needs to retire and enjoy life. Buy some horses and live life. These guys with head injuries are the same ones that want to play but in 10 years they will sue the league for CTE. It’s a fact.

  24. Saw him on NFLN this morning. He was rambling more than a little bit, losing the point he set out to make. It could have been jitters, but I couldn’t help but wonder if it was due to the head trauma.

  25. factschecker says:
    May 26, 2016 10:40 AM
    Brady just a system qb.
    ———-
    Yes. A system that in a copy cat league nobody has been able to duplicate in over 15 seasons.

    Here is a clue. Every offense from Pop Warner to the NFL is a system. But it’s historical to see any QB at any level master a system to the level that Tom Brady has mastered the offenses that he runs. He is a perfectionist and he demands the same level of perfection from his supporting cast. Which is why NE is not the easiest offensive system to play in.

    ———

    There are literally no difficult throws in the Patriots offense. No bootlegs, no scrambling required on the part of the QB. The OC calls all the plays. The O-line is usually very good to great. So what’s so hard about that? A high school QB can run this offense.

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