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The Broncos have exercised their 2014 option on Wes Welker's contract.

Welker collected a $3 million roster bonus last week, part of his $8 million in total possible compensation for 2014. He's locked and loaded as Peyton Manning's slot receiver once again, with a touch more upside thanks to Eric Decker's departure. Welker will be a 33-year-old unrestricted free agent in March of 2015, at which point we'd expect newly acquired Emmanuel Sanders to kick inside.

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Coach John Fox indicated Thursday that the Broncos have no plans to release Wes Welker.

"Wes Welker is under contract, so I don't think it's a tremendous decision," Fox said. The Broncos have to make a decision on Welker's $3 million roster bonus by next month, but it appears the decision has already been made. Welker battled two concussions as his 2013 production fell off from his New England days, but he still played at a high level. With Eric Decker fully expected to walk in free agency, retaining Welker is a no-brainer.

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Wes Welker racked up eight catches for 84 yards in Super Bowl 48.

Welker was quiet until midway through the second quarter, when Peyton Manning found him streaking across the field on a deep crosser for a gain of 16. The 32-year-old slot receiver piled up catches in garbage time, making no real impact when the game was still in doubt. Welker is under contract for $6 million in 2014, including a $3 million roster bonus. Turning 33 in May, Welker will return as a 90-catch candidate with increased upside if Eric Decker bolts in free agency.

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Wes Welker reiterated Thursday that he has no plans to retire if the Broncos win the Super Bowl.

"Of course it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun," Welker said. "I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play." A pint-sized slot receiver going on 33 and coming off a concussion-marred season, no one would blame Welker for riding off into the sunset. The $6 million remaining on his contract is a powerful incentive to continue playing, however. Welker will likely give more serious thought to hanging it up in 2015, when he'll be back on the open market.

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Wes Welker brushed off whispers that he could retire following Sunday's Super Bowl.

Welker is just 33 years old, has the potential to earn $6 million in 2014 and continues to be one of the game's best slot receivers. The whispers stem from his recent bout with two concussions. "I think so. We'll see what happens," Welker said when asked if he'll be back next season. "I've definitely been blessed with 10 more years than I ever thought I would play in the NFL. I'll just keep on playing until they tell me I can't anymore."

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The NFL confirmed that Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship Game was legal.

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Coach Bill Belichick ripped Wes Welker Monday, calling the hit that knocked Aqib Talib out of the AFC Championship Game "deliberate."

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Wes Welker was held to four catches for 38 yards in the Broncos' AFC title game win over the Patriots.

Welker's most notable early impact was a second-quarter pick play on which he absolutely crushed a defenseless Aqib Talib. Welker should have been flagged, but NFL referees rarely call penalties on illegal picks. Talib (ribs) did not return. Welker later beat double coverage down the left sideline for 14 yards, but had a 13-yard catch negated by a hold on Broncos LT Chris Clark late in the first half. Welker now has 38 yards in each of Denver's playoff games.

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Wes Welker confirmed he wore an oversized concussion helmet Sunday for safety.

Coming off a pair of regular-season concussions, Welker is doing everything he can to avoid a third brain injury. In addition to the helmet, he wore a specialized mouthpiece while posting a 6/38/1 line in the win over the Chargers. The Broncos didn't coddle Welker at all as he played at 75-of-79 snaps.

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Wes Welker caught six balls for 38 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Divisional Round playoff win.

Medically cleared from his three-game concussion, Welker started as Denver opened in a three-wide set. He proceeded to drop his first target, and had another drop in the third quarter. Welker did secure a seven-yard pass that deflected off Chargers DE Corey Liuget on the last play of the first quarter, and scored a second-quarter touchdown from three yards out, beating S Darrell Stuckey. It's worth noting Welker donned an abnormally large helmet Sunday, likely designed to combat brain injuries. The Broncos will host Welker's former team, the Patriots, in next week's Super Bowl decider.