Broncos free agent WR Wes Welker tells Mike Klis of the Denver Post that he isn’t mulling retirement, despite the previous reports, and is instead preparing to play next season.
“Just getting ready for 2015,” Welker said in a text message.
As for the report that he’s considering retiring from the NFL, Welker said: “Never ever came out of my mouth.”
The previous from FOX Sports said that Welker has told friends, family members and associates that he’s “giving serious thought to walking away.”
Welker has sustained a number of concussions over the course of his 11-year career in the NFL, so this didn’t come as a huge surprise.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media added that Welker is unlikely to be back with the Broncos next year, which fits with previous reports that he could be the odd-man-out in Denver.
The problem for Welker is that wide receiver is one of the deepest positions in free agency and in this year’s draft class, which means he could have a difficult time coming anywhere close to the kind of money he’s made in the past few years.
Welker, 33, played out his two-year contract worth $12 million and is now set to be an unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks.
In 2014, Welker caught 49 passes for 464 yards receiving and two touchdowns over the course of 14 games for the Broncos. Pro Football Focus Welker rated as the No. 71 receiver out of 110 qualifying players.