Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Welker was fun his first season after coming over from the New England Patriots, but he was a non-factor last season.
Regardless if that was his fault or not, he was a wasted uniform and took development away from rookie Cody Latimer. What makes more sense: Putting a veteran in the lineup who doesn’t contribute yet still takes a roster spot, or give that position to a younger rookie with more upside? Perhaps that’s another reason Elway “mutually parted ways” with Fox – he didn’t develop the younger talent (much like George Karl in that sense).
Latimer could have just as easily returned punts for the Broncos. He could block better in the run game. He’s bigger. He’s faster and quicker. That doesn’t mean anything now.
When you pair Latimer with Emmanuel Sanders, those two can take over the slot for the Broncos offense. And it frees up cap space in other areas Elway and the front office need it for.