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Wes Welker | Wide Receiver

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/1/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 185
College: Texas Tech
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The Denver Post expects this season to be Wes Welker's last with the Broncos.
Following this season, Welker will be a free agent entering his age-34 season. The Broncos have already made plans for his departure, as Emmanuel Sanders can kick inside and Cody Latimer can move into the starting lineup on the outside. Along with the rest of the Broncos, Welker is all-in for this season. May 29 - 10:08 AM
Source: Denver Post

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The Broncos have exercised their 2014 option on Wes Welker's contract.

Welker collected a $3 million roster bonus last week, part of his $8 million in total possible compensation for 2014. He's locked and loaded as Peyton Manning's slot receiver once again, with a touch more upside thanks to Eric Decker's departure. Welker will be a 33-year-old unrestricted free agent in March of 2015, at which point we'd expect newly acquired Emmanuel Sanders to kick inside.
Source: SI.com
Mar 17 - 9:24 AM

Coach John Fox indicated Thursday that the Broncos have no plans to release Wes Welker.

"Wes Welker is under contract, so I don’t think it’s a tremendous decision," Fox said. The Broncos have to make a decision on Welker's $3 million roster bonus by next month, but it appears the decision has already been made. Welker battled two concussions as his 2013 production fell off from his New England days, but he still played at a high level. With Eric Decker fully expected to walk in free agency, retaining Welker is a no-brainer.
Feb 20 - 7:32 PM

Wes Welker racked up eight catches for 84 yards in Super Bowl 48.

Welker was quiet until midway through the second quarter, when Peyton Manning found him streaking across the field on a deep crosser for a gain of 16. The 32-year-old slot receiver piled up catches in garbage time, making no real impact when the game was still in doubt. Welker is under contract for $6 million in 2014, including a $3 million roster bonus. Turning 33 in May, Welker will return as a 90-catch candidate with increased upside if Eric Decker bolts in free agency.
Feb 2 - 10:32 PM

Wes Welker reiterated Thursday that he has no plans to retire if the Broncos win the Super Bowl.

"Of course it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun," Welker said. "I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play." A pint-sized slot receiver going on 33 and coming off a concussion-marred season, no one would blame Welker for riding off into the sunset. The $6 million remaining on his contract is a powerful incentive to continue playing, however. Welker will likely give more serious thought to hanging it up in 2015, when he'll be back on the open market.
Jan 30 - 3:38 PM

Wes Welker brushed off whispers that he could retire following Sunday's Super Bowl.

Welker is just 33 years old, has the potential to earn $6 million in 2014 and continues to be one of the game's best slot receivers. The whispers stem from his recent bout with two concussions. "I think so. We'll see what happens," Welker said when asked if he'll be back next season. "I've definitely been blessed with 10 more years than I ever thought I would play in the NFL. I'll just keep on playing until they tell me I can't anymore."
Jan 27 - 10:37 AM

The NFL confirmed that Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship Game was legal.

Bill Belichick now looks even more foolish for whining about the collision that knocked Talib out. It wasn't offensive pass interference or unnecessary roughness because the "rub" occurred exactly when Demaryius Thomas got his hands on the ball. NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino said he spoke to Belichick about the incident. "We talked about the situation and the play, and obviously there is a difference of opinion there and something that we'll continue to look at during the offseason," he said. Pick plays have been in the league forever, and are often run to perfection by both the Patriots and Broncos.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jan 23 - 8:53 AM

Coach Bill Belichick ripped Wes Welker Monday, calling the hit that knocked Aqib Talib out of the AFC Championship Game "deliberate."

During the second quarter, Welker leveled Talib as the two crossed paths on a standard pick play that's a staple of the Broncos (and Patriots) offense. After that, the Pats defense had no answer for Demaryius Thomas, who finished with a 7/134/1 line. Six of those catches for 105 yards and the score came after Talib's injury. "It is a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib," Belichick said Monday morning. "No attempt to get open. And I'll let the league handle the discipline on that play. It's not for me to decide, but it's one of the worst plays I've seen. And that's all I'm going to say about that." Belichick's unprompted rant comes off as sour grapes. Welker's job on the play was to impede Talib's coverage, not injure the star corner.
Jan 20 - 9:11 AM

Wes Welker was held to four catches for 38 yards in the Broncos' AFC title game win over the Patriots.

Welker's most notable early impact was a second-quarter pick play on which he absolutely crushed a defenseless Aqib Talib. Welker should have been flagged, but NFL referees rarely call penalties on illegal picks. Talib (ribs) did not return. Welker later beat double coverage down the left sideline for 14 yards, but had a 13-yard catch negated by a hold on Broncos LT Chris Clark late in the first half. Welker now has 38 yards in each of Denver's playoff games.
Jan 19 - 6:32 PM

Wes Welker confirmed he wore an oversized concussion helmet Sunday for safety.

Coming off a pair of regular-season concussions, Welker is doing everything he can to avoid a third brain injury. In addition to the helmet, he wore a specialized mouthpiece while posting a 6/38/1 line in the win over the Chargers. The Broncos didn't coddle Welker at all as he played on 75-of-79 snaps.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 13 - 8:38 AM

Wes Welker caught six balls for 38 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Divisional Round playoff win.

Medically cleared from his three-game concussion, Welker started as Denver opened in a three-wide set. He proceeded to drop his first target, and had another drop in the third quarter. Welker did secure a seven-yard pass that deflected off Chargers DE Corey Liuget on the last play of the first quarter, and scored a second-quarter touchdown from three yards out, beating S Darrell Stuckey. It's worth noting Welker donned an abnormally large helmet Sunday, likely designed to combat brain injuries. The Broncos will host Welker's former team, the Patriots, in next week's Super Bowl decider.
Jan 12 - 8:21 PM

Wes Welker (concussion) is practicing in full this week.

Welker has been medically cleared for more than a week now. He's ready to rock against a Chargers team that held him to a 3/21/0 line in Week 10. Welker did not play in the two teams' Week 15 matchup thanks to his Week 14 concussion.
Jan 9 - 8:45 AM

Wes Welker (concussion) has confirmed he's ready to go for the playoffs.

Welker was medically cleared for the Divisional Round earlier this week. He missed the final three games of the regular season. "It took a little bit of time," Welker said Thursday. "Even when I felt I was 100 percent, looking back you weren't 100 percent. It's always a tricky injury and just trying to manage it and everything else, but the doctors and trainers did a great job of just doing the things necessary to get me back out on the field." Going on 33, Welker suffered two concussions this season.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 2 - 3:53 PM

Wes Welker (concussion) has been medically cleared for the playoffs.

This was expected after the Broncos held Welker out of Week 17 as a precaution. He practiced on a limited basis all last week. Welker finished the regular season with 73 receptions for 778 yards and a career-high ten touchdowns despite missing the final three games. His return is a big boost to a Denver offense that will have to compensate for its leaky defense in January.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 03:43:00 PM

Wes Welker (concussion) is fully expected to be ready for the Broncos' first playoff game.

Welker is being held out of Week 17 despite practicing on a limited basis all week. He'll now have two more weeks to get ready before the Broncos open their Super Bowl run. Welker is safe to draft in fantasy playoff leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 12:13:00 PM

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QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
3Zac Dysert
4Bryn Renner
RB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3Ronnie Hillman
4Brennen Clay
5Kapri Bibbs
GLB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1Montee Ball
2Ronnie Hillman
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
4Nathan Palmer
5Bennie Fowler
WR21Wes Welker
2Emmanuel Sanders
3Jordan Norwood
4Isaiah Burse
5Greg Hardin
WR31Emmanuel Sanders
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
4Joel Dreessen
5Cameron Morrah
K1Matt Prater