On Tuesday, free-agent wide receiver Wes Welker said on 98.5 The Sports Hub, a Boston-based sports radio station, that he would be open to a return to Foxborough, Massachusetts, to play for the Patriots, the team with which he blossomed during six NFL seasons. The statement might come as a surprise to some after Welker's departure from the team in free agency during the 2013 offseason, in which he bolted for Denver after he couldn't come to terms with New England on a long-term deal.
The reality for Welker, now 34, is that making an NFL roster for 2015 is not an absolute certainty. While age is one factor, so too is a recent string of concussions that will likely give teams pause. His overall performance has also declined over the past few seasons, as he averaged just 9.5 yards per catch in 2014, the lowest mark of his career.
The 2015 NFL draft gave teams the chance to invest in young, affordable talent with a higher upside than Welker, but building off of his comments about a desire to continue his NFL career, below is a look at three teams that could consider Welker an option with rosters now at 90 players as official team activities roll along: