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, per a source involved with the negotiations.
Welker worked out Monday for the Rams amid word that receiver Stedman Bailey will serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Welker says he is now healthy but has been out of work since Week 17 of last season with the Raiders. A string of concussions sunk Welker's career with the Broncos. 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, the story said.
STL WR Wes Welker - Week 11, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 11 at Baltimore
Wes Welker caught 3-of-6 targets for 32 yards in the Rams Week 10 loss to the Bears. He finished second on the team in targets behind only Brian Quick (7) and tied for the team lead in catches. If Nick Foles was so inaccurate, Welker would have had another catch for a first down in the first half. Perhaps the change from Foles to Case Keenum will help spark the Rams passing game but it's unlikely that Welker will become fantasy relevant. Monitor his usage now that Keenum is under center. Perhaps he'll become Keenum's new security blanket.