There are plenty of name free agent receivers available. Former Bronco and Patriot Wes Welker is one of those guys.
Ian Rapoport made the connection between Welker and the Green Bay Packers Tuesday on NFL Total Access.
The Packers are reportedly looking at the receiver market and, as always, if they’re going to sign an outside free agent, they’re going to pay him dirt. Welker, who’s 33 and coming off his least-productive season since 2005, would definitely fit that bill.
Welker had 49 catches for 464 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games in 2014. There will probably be no competition for his services, which means he can probably be had for around $2 million tops.
However, his numbers indicate he’s obviously in decline.
So why would the Packers want him?
We can’t really answer that question.
They’ve already got three Welker-type players in Randall Cobb, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis.
The only reason you’d sign Welker is if you didn’t think those last two guys could contribute or if you wanted to play Cobb more on the outside. That, in turn, would limit Davante Adams’ snaps.
And none of that really makes any sense to us.
The Packers had been sniffing around Percy Harvin though, so they’re obviously interested in adding another receiver.
Well, for one thing ITS THE DEFENSE that has holes right now…you can speculate all you want about Welker or Harvin or Jennings or whoever but get this…ITS THE DEFENSE…
Can Welker play tight end? No? Ok then.
Can he play NT or CB or ILB? Earth to Ted? We know u want to satisfy AR. You did that! Now get some advice before it’s too late and fix what’s actually broken
Jared Abbrederis, Jeff Janis and even Davante Adams still have a lot to prove.
Add a veteran receiver, with low cost, seems reasonable.
Is a security blanket…
Is it me or didn’t the Pack Defense get better and better last season? Really as soon as they moved Clay they took off. Not ball hawking like woodson days but pretty damn good. Really special teams & MM taking his foot off the pedal derailed them from a SB win.
Its not just you. They were saving their best for the end & it showed
If he played for free, still might not be the best use of a roster spot. Who you gonna cut?
In addition to all the reason not to do this indicated by others, I believe Welker has had a number of concussions. No way will Ted look at Welker in a serious manner.
You forgot former Dolphin..
Everyone that keeps saying the defense is the issue should remember that the current defense, which has only been strengthened with the cuts of AJ Hawk and Brad Jones, was 5 minutes away from putting their team in the Super Bowl.
Don’t give me the…”Yeah but they didn’t” speech either. The offense did nothing to help them out, Clay decided he was too tired to play, and Dom decided to disregard Cover Zero all game until it was the worst time to use it.
If this defense improves even one little bit and picks up where they left off last year, they are already good enough and can be a top 5 defense with very little addition.
Now…this is saying a lot about Casey Hayward which I do believe is the biggest question mark they have.
Barrington will be better, Raji and Guion will be serviceable in the middle. We just need very minor improvement.
The defense didn’t let this team down in the playoffs for a couple years now. It’s been the offense that has been holding the team back.
I agree 110% here.
While our defense had it’s usual identity crisis for the first half of last season, it was our offense that fluttered during many key moments throughout games last year. Yes, we put up a ton of points overall, but how many of those points were accounted for against shit team in blowout wins (Bears, Vikings, Eagles, Atlanta). The offense has a habit of jumping to a lead, then going to sleep for the next 2 and half quarters after the other team adjusts and we take our foot off the gas. The Falcons game is the epitome of that.
During the entire season I felt that our offense was, by and large, predictable and inconsistent – with short bursts of explosiveness. A no-show in Detroit. Predictable and ineffective in Miami. Predictable and ineffective in Buffalo. Predictable and ineffective in New Orleans (although the defense was atrocious that game). Went into cruise control against Atlanta and couldn’t get back into gear.
Jordy and Randall were our only down field options aside from the couple of games Davante stepped up. I really think the crutch of the offense if the lack of a versatile tight-end threat that can stretch the elite defenses like Seattle, New England, and Detroit to open more holes for our offense and opportunities for them to become more consistent.
Remember when our Red Zone offense was nearly unstoppable? Yeah, seems like forever ago.
This is BS. No way are the Packers actually interested in Welker So was the Harvin talk – all of that was BEFORE Cobb was re-signed. Once that happened I am sure any interest in GB for P f’n’ Harvin evaporated. Anyone who has followed the moves and behavior of the GBP front office under TT knows there is no way he signs a guy like Wes Welker who has so little upside and so much injury risk when he can instead get someone cheaper with more potential to contribute longer term. I saw this headline earlier today and thought just another pundit trying to get a story printed…Now, if Welker wanted to come in for the veteran minimum with on guarantees, maybe we look at him in late July or August. But I even doubt that – as noted above – whose roster spot does he get?
They should bring Greg Jennings back and run 5 WR sets. Also add some flippin defensive players please.
Can Wes Welker tackle or cover a tight end? If not, then who cares…
This creepy little foot fetish guy weirds me out…
These pretzels are makin me thirsty.