Thanks to two concussions in 2013, there had been talk that the Denver Broncos could cut ties with slot receiver Wes Welker after just one season. Head coach John Fox quickly put that to bed.
Per ProFootballTalk.com, Fox indicated that Welker wasn’t going anywhere, saying, “Wes Welker is under contract, so I don’t think it’s a tremendous decision.”
There is absolutely reason to be a little concerned about the soon to be 33-year old wide receiver’s concussion issues, but with Eric Decker potentially commanding number one wide receiver money in free agency, Denver can’t exactly play with fire on offense. Letting a still productive Welker go would suddenly have Peyton Manning and co. entering 2014 without two of Denver’s top weapons in the passing game.
While Decker is almost certainly gone, Welker appears to be safe to ride out his final season of a two-year deal he signed last summer. After posting 73 receptions for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 13 starts, he’s a pretty safe bet to continue playing at a high level, too.