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|A year and a half removed from tearing his ACL, Welker returned to his dominant form in 2011 posting career highs in yards with 1,573 and touchdowns with nine while catching 122 passes, one short of matching his career-high. After suffering a torn ACL in Week 17 of the 2009 season, Welkerís production dropped in 2010 and there was some concern that injuries and age (he turned 30 prior to the start of last season) were beginning to catch up to him. He put those concerns to rest but apparently not enough to entice the Patriots to sign him to a lucrative long-term contract extension as he was slapped with the franchise tag for the upcoming season. That might be a good thing for his fantasy prospects as he will be forced to put together another strong year to get the contract he is looking for. While the Patriots have improved their depth chart at wide receiver with the additions of Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney, Welkerís role as the teamís main threat in the passing game will remain unchanged. He remains a top-ten fantasy wide receiver.
|Wes Welker agrees to terms with Rams -- Mon Nov 9 6:30 pm --|
|Wes Welker is back. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the former Patriots and Broncos wideout signed a deal with the St. Louis Rams, per a source informed of the team's plans. Coach Jeff Fisher later confirmed the addition during a meeting with reporters.
Welker's one-year deal allows him to earn, along with his base salary, up to $700K in incentives, based on playing time and catches, Rapoport added. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Welker's workout on Monday came on the heels of the Rams learning that receiver Stedman Bailey will serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Outside of Tavon Austin, no St. Louis receiver has more than 20 receptions, so the oft-concussed receiver will have an opportunity to contribute pretty quickly. It's an obvious low-risk, medium-upside move for an offense that needs more playmakers in the passing game.