Wes Welker’s friends want him to consider retirement

Is this the end of the line for Wes Welker? That’s reportedly the hope of those close to him.

Per the Boston Globe, “friends and fans” of the Broncos’ free agent wide receiver want him to start thinking about retirement.

Welker, who turns 34 in May, has battled numerous concussions over the last few seasons, and calling it quits would allow him to reduce the risk of “significant” brain damage.

“I’m not even thinking about that right now,” Welker said of retirement.

Welker had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2014, his second year with the Broncos, catching 49 passes for 464 yards and two touchdowns over 14 games. The man formerly known as the “Slot Machine” was all but phased out of Denver’s offense, which shifted to a run-heavy approach as the season wore on.

Welker caught one pass for 20 yards in Sunday’s Divisional Round loss to the Colts, drawing just two targets. It made the defeat that much harder to deal with.

“They’re never easy,” Welker said. “They’re all tough. That’s the way it is.”

While Welker’s best days are behind him, he may draw a fair amount of interest on the open market from receiver-needy teams. He’ll have to decide if he wants to continue lacing ’em up — likely in a complementary role — or move on to greener pastures.

We know which option his camp prefers.

Zack Kelberman
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