The St. Louis Rams HC Jeff Fisher announced the signing of veteran WR Wes Welker on Monday.
- Adam Schefter reports that Welker will receive a one-year contract from St. Louis.
Fisher confirms @WesWelker is a member of the St. Louis Rams.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 9, 2015
“We are hoping to come to terms with Wes Welker,” Fisher said, per Dani Klupenger. “We believe he can help us and this offense.”
Welker will replace WR Stedman Bailey, who was suspended four games earlier on Monday by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The Rams leading receiver this season is WR Kenny Britt, who has 311 yards on 15 receptions. Tavon Austin has 300 receiving yards on 28 catches. With QB Nick Foles this season, the Rams are last in the NFL with 177.1 passing yards per game. Their seven passing touchdowns are second fewest in the NFL, only to the Minnesota Vikings.
Welker, 34, spent the last two seasons with the Denver Broncos. He has experienced problems with concussions in the past, suffering three in a ten-month span over the course of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Fisher said the team is “comfortable” with his health, according to Nick Wagoner.
In 12 career NFL seasons, Welker has 890 receptions for 9,822 yards and 50 touchdowns. He spent six seasons with the Patriots before signing with Denver in 2013. In nine games with the Broncos in 2014, Welker had 49 receptions for 464 yards.