Wes Welker wants to play, welcomes Patriots reunion


The NFL may have moved on from Wes Welker, but Wes Welker isn't ready to move on from the NFL.

The veteran wide receiver, who hasn't found a new job after the Broncos opted not to re-sign him, spoke of his desire to return for an 12th season during a media blitz in Boston.

"I want to play," Welker told WBZ-FM, via the Boston Herald. "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.

"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 asked if he'd be open to a reunion with the Patriots, where he enjoyed a Hall of Fame-level run of production from 2007 to 2012. He spent the past two seasons playing with Peyton Manning in Denver.

"I wouldn't be opposed to it," he said of a New England return. "It's a great organization, obviously, and a great team. It wouldn't be the worst situation in the world."

Welker, 34, hasn't been the same player since suffering two concussions in a three-week span late in the 2013 season. Though he could still be a useful player in the right spot, teams are likely wary of the risks that come with signing Welker at this stage of his career.

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