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Wes Welker planning for next season, not retirement

Contrary to a FOX Sports 1 report last week, impending free agent Wes Welker is not contemplating retirement.

Welker told the Denver Post on Monday that he's "just getting ready for 2015."

Asked about the report that he has assuaged concerned friends and family members with thoughts of retirement, Welker responded, "Never ever came out of my mouth."

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has reported the Denver Broncos are not expected to re-sign Peyton Manning's slot receiver.

Welker, 33, hasn't been the same player since sustaining two concussions in a three-week span late in the 2013 season. He didn't get open as easily last season and failed to make defenders miss after the catch.

If he hasn't considered retirement to this point, a cold market could force his hand.

Welker averaged 112 catches in a six-season span for the New England Patriots as the best slot receiver, inside route runner and safety blanket of his generation. Father Time -- and too many hits across the middle -- have naturally eroded that skill set.

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