The Titans entered the offseason looking for help at wide receiver. Adding Harry Douglas last week helped address that issue significantly, but outside of Douglas and Kendall Wright, Tennessee is still thin at the receiver position.
Adding Douglas should help the Titans stretch the field in the passing game, but the team could still use another short route option. And with one of the best slot receivers of the last decade on the open market, they may not have to look far.
Wes Welker crushed any rumors of him retiring back in February, stating his intentions to play in 2015. Unlike recently-retired Chris Borland, Welker has decided to stick with football despite a history of concussions. It can be debated whether that’s a smart choice, but if he’s suiting up in 2015, why not make it with the Titans?
At age 33, Welker is no longer the receiver he once was, but there’s still more than enough skill there that he could contribute to a new-look passing attack in Tennessee. Between the age and injury history, he would likely come at a discounted price, leaving the Titans with money to keep plugging other holes.
Adding a slot specialist like Welker into a mix of receivers that will include Douglas, Wright and a hopefully-improved Justin Hunter would suddenly give whoever the starting quarterback is in 2015 a more-than-capable group of receivers. The Titans will likely add another receiver into that mix via the draft, and rebuilding the passing game/making the offense more versatile will go a long way towards helping fix a running game that struggled in 2014.
At this stage of his career, Welker could very well be set on playing for a contender, but by adding the veteran receiver and a few other pieces, perhaps the Titans just might fit that criteria? They didn’t back in 2013, but this time might be different.