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Champ Bailey wants oft-concussed ex-Bronco Wes Welker to retire

One of Wes Welker's former teammates is concerned about the slot receiver's long-term health if he keeps playing football.

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Wes Welker is yet to sign with a new team.

At least one of his former teammates hopes he never does.

Former Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey appeared on FOX Sports 1's "America's Pregame" on Thursday and said that he hopes Welker retires.

"I don't want Wes to play for my own personal reasons," Bailey said. "I've seen him get concussions — it scares me."

The clip can be seen below:

"I think that he could still play, but I don't want him to play," Bailey continued.   "(Concussions are) no joke. It's a serious thing when you start talking about your head.

"I just hope he hangs it up."

Bailey played with Welker with the Broncos in 2013.

Welker spent two seasons in Denver and suffered three concussions in less than a calendar year. He caught 49 passes for 464 yards and two scores last season.

Welker worked out for the Dolphins in April but has garnered little interest from teams since then. Welker turned 34 in May.