Contrary to an earlier report from FOX Sports, Wes Welker has told the Denver Post that he intends to play a 12th NFL season in 2015. The legendary slot wideout is scheduled to hit free agency after making $12M over two seasons in Denver.
Given Denver's caponomic situation, his concussion history, and the hiring of Gary Kubiak - in whose offense #3 wideouts tend not to excel - it would be a surprise to see Welker back with the Broncos in 2015.
Denver has Emmanuel Sanders under contract through 2016, and 2014 second-rounder Cody Latimer waiting in the wings to replace Welker. The team is already expected to commit a significant chunk of its cap space to retaining Demaryius Thomas, either via franchise tag or a longterm deal. Their window for tendering Thomas opened on Monday and will remain so until 4pm ET on Monday, March 2.
Tangentially relating to Welker's news, fellow 33-year-old and 2013 Broncos signee Shaun Phillips was released by Indianapolis on Monday. Phillips first ended up with the Colts after the Titans waived him in November.