The 49ers have interviewed Wes Welker, a Texans assistant coach who went to five Pro Bowls in his 12-year career, for a position on their staff, a league source said.
It’s likely Welker, 37, interviewed with the 49ers for a spot as their wide receivers coach. Mike LaFleur is the team’s current wide receivers coach, but he also has the title of passing-game coordinator and is involved in assisting head coach Kyle Shanahan with game-planning.
Welker has also reportedly interviewed with the Packers.
Welker, a former wide receiver who led the NFL in receptions in three of his six seasons with the Patriots, has spent the past two seasons with Houston since playing his final season in 2015. He has served as an assistant wide receivers coach and special-teams coach for the Texans.
If he joined the 49ers, Welker, who ranks 22nd in NFL history in receptions (903), would work with a group that includes Trent Taylor. The 2017 fifth-round pick has drawn endless comparisons to Welker based partly on their diminutive stature — Taylor is 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds — and shiftiness as slot receivers.
Last year, Tony Franklin, Taylor’s offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech, invoked Welker when discussing his former pupil.
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“A lot of times you hear people say, ‘This guy is the next Wes Welker,’” Franklin said. “Every small, white kid’s been Wes Welker since Wes Welker became a star. I’m telling you, Trent Taylor really is.”
After he had an offseason back procedure, Taylor had 26 catches for 215 yards last season. He had 43 catches for 430 yards as a rookie.
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