The St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with wide receiver Wes Welker. The Rams passing offense has been horrendous this season, as quarterback Nick Foles has failed to throw for over 200 yards in every game but one this season when he threw for 297 against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1. The Rams receivers have also struggled this season, dropping balls and not playing consistent football.
Earlier today, the Rams brought in wideouts Wes Welker, Hakeem Nicks and Vincent Brown for workouts. This was also because wide receiver Stedman Bailey was just suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy (marijuana) earlier this afternoon. Head coach Jeff Fisher said in his presser today that Welker looked impressive in his workout. Despite Welker’s concussion history, the Rams felt Welker could help the offense.
Welker has been itching to get back into the NFL, saying, "The frustrating part sometimes is you look out there on the field and you see guys who are playing, and you're like, 'I should be playing,'” Welker stated. “That gets me a little bit. I love being at home with my kids, but at the same time, you have that itch and you're looking out there and seeing how you can fit in with this team or that and there's never really a perfect plan.”
Welker is currently 34-years-old and hasn’t played in an NFL game since the Denver Broncos playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts last winter. Welker had one catch for 20 yards in that game.
The former undrafted wide receiver out of Texas Tech has spent 11 seasons in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls and playing with two of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
As long as Welker can stay healthy, he brings a much-needed third down threat to the Rams who have struggled with third down offense this season. The Rams currently rank last in the NFL in third downs converted. They are 24 for 101 on third down this season. The Rams look to increase their third down conversion percentage now with Welker on board.