Wes Welker Eyeing NFL Return, Puzzled Why He’s Still A Free Agent


Wes Welker hasn’t played an NFL snap since last December and missed nine games over his last two seasons with the Denver Broncos.

But the 34-year-old free agent apparently has no interest in calling it quits.

In an interview with NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Welker said he’s reached out to a number of NFL teams and is a bit puzzled why he has yet to receive an offer.

“The frustrating part sometimes is you look out there on the field and you see guys who are playing, and you’re like, ‘I should be playing,'” Welker told Rapoport, via NFL.com. “That gets me a little bit. I love being at home with my kids, but at the same time, you have that itch and you’re looking out there and seeing how you can fit in with this team or that and there’s never really a perfect plan.”

The major issue with Welker, of course, is his injury history. The former New England Patriot has suffered three documented concussions in his career and saw his production decline sharply with his health while in Denver.

Yet Welker insists he’s “100 percent” and that teams “know I’m a ballplayer.” He expressed his openness to rejoining the Patriots in June and reportedly worked out for the New York Giants in late September, but he’s still a free agent as of Week 9.

“I was thinking, ‘OK, after Week 1, something’s going to happen,'” Welker said. “And then nothing happened and then we got down the line and eventually it’s going to happen, but then it’s been 10-12 weeks of going super hard. But at the same time, you can’t (overdo) it, you want to be ready in case you get the call that week.

“… “You’re watching, and wish you were out there playing. But you’re just waiting.”

Thumbnail photo via Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13.

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