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Wes Welker is back!

Wes-Welker1NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the former Patriots and Broncos wideout Wes Welker has 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, per a source involved with the negotiations. According to the NFL Network, that will mean that Welker could make up to $1.8 million for the remainder of the season.

Stedman-Bailey-RamsWelker worked out on Monday for the Rams.  This amid word that Rams receiver Stedman Bailey will be given a 4 game suspension by the NFL for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Welker hasn’t appeared in a game since catching two passes last season for 42 yards against the Raiders in Week 17. A string of concussions sunk Welker’s career with the Broncos, but the Rams haven’t forgotten how productive the 34-year-old pass-catcher was during six outstanding campaigns with the Patriots.

jeff_fisher_st.louis_rams_practiceWelker actually started with the San Diego Chargers in 2004 where he played in 1 game, and never caught a pass. Also in 2004 he was with the Miami Dolphins where he was involved in 14 games. He still did not have a single catch in any of those games, but he did have 4 fumbles. In 2005 and 2006 he spent all 16 games of each season with the Dolphins. In those 2 years combined he had 96 catches for 1,031 yards but only 1 touchdown. Then in 2007 he joined the New England Patriots and spent the last 2 years with the Denver Broncos where he became an NFL household name. For his career he has 890 receptions for 9,822 yards and 50 touchdowns.

“We’ve done physicals, we’ve done everything,” Fisher said Monday of Welker, adding: “I think he’ll eventually move some chains for us.”

The Rams need all the help they can get through the air. Outside of Tavon Austin, St. Louis doesn’t have a single player with more than 20 catches. If Welker can still play, he could see plenty of snaps for a team in need of a spark.

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