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Wes Welker visits Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins visited with the one they let get away.

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Wes Welker met with the Dolphins on Wednesday, his first known visit of the offseason, the team announced. However, he left Miami without a deal, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. 

The undrafted 33-year-old pass-catcher began his productive career in Miami in 2004 after a one-game pit stop with the Chargers. In his third season in South Beach, he caught 67 passes for 687 yards and one touchdown. Welker was then snatched up by Bill Belichick, who traded second- and seventh-round draft picks for the rights to the receiver.

From there, Welker became one of the most productive slot receivers of this millennium, earning 1,000-plus yards in five out of six seasons with the New England Patriots. He spent the past two seasons with the Denver Broncos.

A rash of concussions has put his career in jeopardy after 11 seasons. Welker started just eight games and missed two contests last season after a PED suspension. His lack of separation on cornerbacks led to just 49 receptions and 464 yards receiving -- his lowest totals since he got receiver minutes in his second year in Miami.

If the Dolphins add Welker at this stage, it would most likely be as a mentor to the very young receiving corps Miami has compiled, which is headlined by Jarvis Landry and the newly acquired Kenny Stills.

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