Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Free agency for the 2015 NFL season has pretty much come to a screeching halt, after the craziness that was the first week.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, the biggest splash they have made in the last several years was the acquisition of former Philadelphia Eagle Jeremy Maclin. Even as the Chiefs have stopped making big, free-agent moves, there is always the question of, “Can they add more?”
According the overthecap.com, the Chiefs currently have $2,416,325 of cap space. They will need around $2 million of that to sign their rookies from the draft, which leaves less than half a million dollars. But there IS room to be made in contract restructures and by releasing current players. So, if the Chiefs were to create some cap space, does that open up a spot for another veteran wide receiver? Which then leads me to the following question:
Would former New England Patriot and Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker fit in with the Chiefs?
November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) during the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Now, it is not super surprising to see Welker not gain a lot of attention on the free market scene. He is coming off his worst season, stats-wise since 2006. Welker managed to get 464 yards and only two scores in 2014. Of course Welker started off the year with a suspension and injuries plagued him for the remainder of the season. Also, the emergence of Emmanuel Sanders in the offense made Wes obsolete. He is also 33, which in receiver terms is on the other side of the hill and rolling downward fast.
But Welker is intriguing; he could provide a veteran presence to some of the slot receivers currently on the Chiefs roster. One name that comes to mind is Albert Wilson. Wilson’s interesting in that he has shown some pretty big flashes of what could be if given the game time and the guidance. This is where a player like Welker could make an impact.
Having veterans on the team not only helps the team as a whole, but as stated before, benefits the younger players. Veterans have game experience and knowledge that younger players sometimes cannot learn from the limited game time. Welker brings some much needed player-to-player coaching to the young guys.
Now having said all this, it is highly unlikely the Chiefs will pursue the former Super Bowl Champion. With receivers like Maclin and Jason Avant on the team, the Chiefs would seem to already have a solid group of veteran receivers to help to guide the young players. So, while the idea of adding Welker on the team is interesting, at this moment, with the current cap space and his price tag, it seems likely Welker won’t suit up for the Chiefs next season.
What do you think, Addicts? Would you like to have Welker with the Chiefs for 2015, or would it be a bad idea? Let us know in the comments.
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