The Denver Broncos are preparing for arguably their most important off-season in recent years as many of their big name players have large doubts over them.
Star quarterback Peyton Manning has questions about possible retirement hanging over his head after the future hall of famer suffered some sub-par performances last year.
The Broncos receiver core is also set to be depleted as wide receivers Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas along with tight-end Julius Thomas are all set to become free agents.
The Broncos are certainly in desperate need of some magic from general manager John Elway on order to avoid losing to many of their big offensive weapons.
But of all the names who could be set to leave Denver, one may not be set to head to one of their competitors.
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Wes Welker has spent 11 seasons in the NFL and has taken his fair share of hits on his way to becoming one of the best wide receivers in the game.
Welker has certainly had an incredible career in the NFL but several reports are now claiming that he could be mulling over possible retirement this year.
Following the Broncos divisional round loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Welker had some ominous words for reporters when asked about returning to Denver.
"I don't know. There are a lot of things I've got to figure out in the off-season."
Welker has suffered three concussions in his time in Denver - most recently during the 2014 pre-season and of course lets not forget that horrible shot to the back he took against the New England Patriots.
Dropping levels of production and fairly concerning injuries for Welker could force him to retire and he would be a great loss to the Broncos.
End of a career
Welker retiring this off-season would bring to an end a remarkable career for an undersized free agent.
Arguably known for his six year spell with the New England Patriots, Welker scored an impressive 37 touchdowns in his time in Foxborough.
37 of his overall 50 career touchdowns came with arguably the Broncos biggest AFC rival and culminated in two Super Bowl appearances but never being able to win the Lombardi trophy.
After arriving in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, Welker has played with the Miami Dolphins, Patriots and Broncos and will be a big name to leave the league this year.
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