NFL San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers should go after Wes Welker

Wes Welker San Diego Chargers

Steven Bisig-US Presswire

Wes Welker was a member of the San Diego Chargers in 2004 for about a cup of coffee before former head coach Marty Schottenheimer released him.

Welker went on to play three seasons with the Miami Dolphins primarily as a special teams player during the 2004 and 2005 NFL seasons before becoming a threat as a receiver in 2006.

Welker had 67 receptions, 687 receiving yards and one touchdown reception during the 2006 season compared to 29 receptions, 434 yards and no TD receptions in 2005.

Welker was traded to the New England Patriots for a second round pick and a seventh round pick prior to the 2007 season.  Welker has four seasons of at least 100 receptions and 1,000 yards since he joined New England.

Welker is tied with Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison for the most seasons with at least 100 receptions.

Welker is averaging a career high 98.3 receiving yards per game this season, leads the NFL with 688 receiving yards and is second in the NFL with 54 receptions.

Welker will be an unrestricted free agent after this season is over and San Diego should go after him.  As a team, San Diego ranks 18th in receptions, 18th in receiving yards per game and 28th in yards per reception.

New England has the money to re-sign Welker and it makes more sense for him to stay there should they offer him a deal, but he would be a great fit on San Diego if New England does not give him what he has earned.

It would not be the first time that New England chooses to go in another direction instead of paying a talented receiver.

Randy Moss had 98 receptions, 1,493 yards and led the NFL with 23 TD receptions in 2007.

Moss had 1,008 receiving yards and was second in the NFL with 11 TD receptions in 2008 when 2007 MVP Tom Brady missed 15 of the 16 games.

Moss had 83 receptions, 1,264 yards and led the league with 13 TD receptions in 2009.  Moss’ contract became an issue in 2010 which had an effect on his play and he was eventually traded to the Minnesota Vikings.

While Welker will be 32 years old when the 2013 season starts, this is only Welker’s sixth full season as a wide receiver because he was primarily a return man in Miami.

Welker is not slowing down and the Lightning Bolts need someone like him.