Wes Welker visits Dolphins’ OTAs, but they won’t sign him

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Longtime NFL receiver Wes Welker showed up at the Dolphins’ Organized Team Activities today, and he may have an informal role advising the team’s wide receivers.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase noted that Welker has a home in Miami and previously played in Gase’s offense with the Broncos, and so it makes sense for him to come around and help out.

“He shows up,” Gase said. “I mean he lives like five minutes away. I think we’re a good outlet for him and he’s been a guy that with my history with him in Denver, I love being around him. He’s such a football guy. For him to come out there and if our guys get one thing from him, I think that’s a great, great thing for our guys to have a guy that’s probably one of the best slot receivers of all-time being in the building. The way that he worked, the way he studied, everything he did as far as football . . . just talking to him, it helps our players out.”

One thing Gase was clear on, however, is that the Dolphins are not considering signing Welker. Last season Welker played for the Rams but was a backup who had little impact on the offense, and recently Welker said he’s not sure he wants to keep playing. Given his history of concussions and declining production, it may be wise for Welker to quit playing and start coaching. Starting in a casual way in Miami, where he played three seasons and still feels at home.

25 responses to “Wes Welker visits Dolphins’ OTAs, but they won’t sign him

  1. I’m a ‘Hawks fan but I have always thought Welker was outstanding. Good person, great player. I think he would make a heck of a coach. Whatever you do, Welker, I wish you the best of luck.

  2. Heck of a player, a great route runner with more fire in the belly than was probably good for him. Considering all the other hits he’d already taken Manning threw him into trouble a few times too many in those last couple of years for him to keep running the risk of playing now. He was always good in front of a mic, there’s probably a great media future out there for him if he chooses to pursue it.

  3. Edelman should take note. Possession receivers in Patriots offense take a lot of punishment since Brady can no longer throw outside the numbers. Welker is not even 40 years old and he is already slurring his speech.

  4. “One thing Gase was clear on, however, is that the Dolphins are not considering signing Welker.”

    It might not be in his best interest for Welker to sign on as a WR for the fish but he would be a heck of an upgrade at QB. Heck, the fish would probably see some improvement if Gase were simply taking the snaps himself.

  5. Welker wanted to be there nobody asked him to show up he did it on his own. Funny how he wanted nothing more to do with the Patriots.

  6. The last thing the Patriots want is an uninvited ex-player stopping by to disrupt their routine.

  7. Career slot WRs is almost parallel to career Special Teamers. Yes it has successfully happened but not as much. Some teams like to reserve those for future starters. Over paying for a slot WR at the end of their career isn’t really the way to go. Wes has the right attitude and work ethic. Hang in there Wes, you’ll get a call in late winter when injuries start to plague teams. This business just sucks sometimes.

  8. Wes is what a Football player should be, little bit of a throwback, and someone deserving of a 10 yr old kid thinking of him as a hero!
    Happy Retirement.

  9. “Last time they played Tannehill beat Brady.”

    Don’t think for a second that the Patriots don’t wish they had decided to beat the Dolphins in that game instead of resting all of their starters.

  10. Let’s stick to facts

    1) Welker’s concussion became a problem when Manning was throwing him the ball not Brady.

    2) Welker was good for the fins before he came to NE, Brady made him great. I think its best he stays retired for his brain.

    3) Brady always plays poorly in Miami, kind of like how Tannehill plays everywhere.

  11. beachsidejames says:
    Jun 6, 2016 8:18 PM
    Welker wanted to be there nobody asked him to show up he did it on his own. Funny how he wanted nothing more to do with the Patriots.
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    I like Welker, but you may have this backwards and it’s the Patriots who were the ones to move on. We know Welker knows the slot position as well as anyone and can coach it too. He did mentor Edelman and we know how that worked out.

  12. beachsidejames says:
    Jun 6, 2016 8:14 PM
    Last time they played Tannehill beat Brady.
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    You do realize they ran the ball all but 5 times in the first half right? Lets not sugarcoat it big guy…

  13. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 6, 2016 7:34 PM
    Edelman should take note. Possession receivers in Patriots offense take a lot of punishment since Brady can no longer throw outside the numbers. Welker is not even 40 years old and he is already slurring his speech.

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    You’re obviously not a Pats fan, but your point could be right. We should all be concerned about players’ brain damage.

    However, you have to consider this: Welker spent much more concussion-related time on the DL in Denver than he did in New England. And he was in Denver for a much shorter period of time. Brady throws over the middle he tends to throw low, whereas Manning didn’t do that in his Denver years.

    You’ll say that Welker had more concussions in New England but the Patriots didn’t report them. That might be true, too, but you have no evidence of it.

    All in all, Welker seems like a great player and teammate who should not risk further brain injury.

  14. mzew233 says:
    Jun 7, 2016 12:47 AM
    He deserved a ring. Brady overthrew that ball.

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    Maybe, but he had a chance to get a ring in Denver, too. We all know how that went. At least Brady gave him a fighting chance.

  15. Not sure what the big deal about the guy playing is… The shots he has took he for sure has CTE already…Might as well a few more seasons leave a bigger chunk of change the the family….

  16. Dolphins have taken the last 3-5 against the patstricts.
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    I’m glad that’s your Super Bowl!

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