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Wes Welker could be nearing the end of his line. Aside from having his least productive season (49 catches for 464 yards in 2014 per CSNNE), he's had his problems with concussions in years past.

And it’s not like the league was banging down Welker’s door prior to his hard-luck Broncos run. In March 2013, Welker - on his agent’s advice - hit the market believing he could command more than the Patriots were willing to give him. That wasn’t the case. Soon Welker found himself having to sell Broncos GM John Elway on signing him. The Broncos were so ambivalent about Welker, they let him call the Patriots to see if they’d match the deal, but by then they’d already replaced Welker with Danny Amendola.

Why was there such tepid interest for Welker? His size and age were a factor. So was fact that the Patriots offense highlights the slot more than other systems. Why would any team that isn’t slot-centric, and pushes a vertical passing game be interested in paying $9M (the Welker camp’s asking price) on a player that didn’t fit their mold?

Now, it will be even harder to find work. Could Welker help a team? Absolutely. He’s a technician. One of the best underneath route-runners in NFL history. He’d be a major asset to any team as a mentor. But this isn’t the time of year in which teams are rounding out their rosters with accessory-type players and that’s what Welker will be now, even if he could do more if given the chance.

Wes is a shadow of the player he used to be when he was a Patriot, and I doubt he ever returns to being the guy he was with us. Few teams have expressed any interest in Welker so far this offseason, and if it keeps up like this, then it may be a good idea for Welker to seriously consider retirement.

Conor Frederick 4/09/2015 04:49:00 PM Edit

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