Wes Welker is trying to convince NFL teams that he still has a few years left in his NFL career. One team he is considering joining is his former team, the New England Patriots.
"I want to play. The more I'm away from it, the more I want to go out there and be on a team and everything else. It's just kind of taking everything a day at a time, making sure I'm training and doing everything I need to do to be ready,” Welker told the Boston Herald. "Once June really gets going here and July, I'll be [training] really hard, and just knowing that I'm going to be ready. There will be an opportunity at some point. If it works out, if it's a good situation and everything else, obviously I want to continue playing."
Welker was also asked about the possibility of returning to the franchise where he had most success in his NFL career. “I wouldn’t be opposed to it. It’s a great organization, obviously, and a great team. It wouldn’t be the worst situation in the world,” Welker stated.
Welker played for the Patriots from 2007 to 2012 and made the NFL Pro Bowl in five of six seasons with the team. He has recorded 1,100-plus receiving yards in five of six seasons with the Patriots and was the league’s reception leader in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Welker went unselected in the 2004 NFL Draft and was signed by the San Diego Chargers the same year but was released after a single game. He played for the Miami Dolphins from 2004 to 2006 but saw limited production on the field with the Florida franchise.
Welker played for the Denver Broncos the last two seasons but never showed his elite WR form in his time in New England. In the 2014 season, he accumulated 464 receiving yards on 49 catches with 2 touchdowns.