If Wes Welker had not sustained multiple concussions this season, you wonder if this would even be an issue.
The Denver Broncos face a number of difficult decisions this off-season, as Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno are both free agents. At a time they might not have faced any troubles with Welker’s deal, but ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio writes that John Elway and the Broncos’ front office might face a difficult decision with the veteran slot receiver’s cap number next season.
Citing an interview with Tom Curran of CSN New England, Florio writes the following:
The application of math too simple for even me to screw up indicates that Welker costs $8 million against the cap in 2014…
…As Tom Curran of CSN New England pointed out on Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, the Broncos could decide to move on, if an impasse is reached. And that could put Welker back on the market.
Which would allow the Broncos to pursue, say, Patriots slot receiver Julian Edelman. Which in turn would allow Welker to return to New England.”
Alright, let’s take a timeout here. Yes, it makes sense in the abstract for the Broncos to brutally cut ties with Welker and pursue Edelman. But considering the fact that Edelman had over 100 catches last season and that the Broncos will also try to re-sign Decker (not to mention multiple players on the defensive side of the ball), that does not seem likely.
Nevertheless, the situation with Welker is worth monitoring after a 2013 that was checkered by head injuries.