Wes Welker Retirement Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding WR's Future

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St. Louis Rams' Wes Welker runs during warmups before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
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Veteran wide receiver Wes Welker turned 35 years old on May 1 and is currently without an NFL team. While he could try to catch on with one for the 2016 season, retirement is also an option. 

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Welker Is 'Weighing [His] Options'

Thursday, May 26

Welker, who played eight games for the St. Louis Rams (now Los Angeles Rams) last season, appeared on NFL Network's NFL Total Access to talk about his future (via Joe Nguyen of the Denver Post):

I’m trying to figure that out. I think I’m weighing my options and really trying to figure out where to go with life next. But there are some days I wake up, I’m like, ‘OK, I’m done.’ And other days I wake up and I go, ‘Maybe one more year.’ But I’m trying not to rush into any decision but at the same time know that I’m preparing myself for not playing.

Welker's played 12 years in the NFL, most notably leading the league in receptions three times with the New England Patriots as quarterback Tom Brady's weapon from the slot.

While he's amassed 9,924 receiving yards in his career—11th among active NFL wide receivers—he's also "suffered at least six media-documented concussions," according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. 

It's something he said is going to play a part in his decision moving forward:

They definitely factor in. Especially when you start having kids and having your family and everything. A lot of those things come into play, and you start thinking about future down the road. You see movies like ‘Concussion’ and different things like that and it gets you thinking, ‘Do I really want to risk all that for what could happen down the line?’ 

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However, there will be other factors he'll consider too. He said that if his body doesn't respond the way he'd like it to while working out or if his "heart and mind" aren't into it, then "it's time to move on."

But the allure of winning a Super Bowl is something that could fuel him to come back for a 13th season. While he was a part of the most successful NFL franchise of the 21st century with the Patriots, Welker has never won a Super Bowl, losing to the New York Giants in both of his trips there in 2008 and 2012. 

So if he is in the right state of mind and a team comes calling for his services, then football fans could see Welker suit up for at least one more year. 

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com. 

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