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Welker backtracks on contract comments

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  May 19, 2012 12:21 PM

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PEABODY -- Patriots receiver Wes Welker demonstrated a very good backpedal when he played defensive back against players at his camp Saturday morning at Bishop Fenwick High School.

It got better in front of the media.

Welker backtracked from comments he made two days ago to the Boston Herald in which he voiced his frustration that talks over a new contract with the Patriots had "gotten worse."

Today? Everything's fine and dandy.

"That was probably a bad choice of words saying they’ve gotten worse," Welker said. "They’ve stayed the same. I’m franchised for the year and I’m completely happy with that and completely OK with it. I look forward to contributing to the team in 2012.

"I’m not frustrated whatsoever. I know the words that came out probably seemed that way but I’m not frustrated at all. I’m making five times what I did last year so there’s no frustration here."

Welker also said that his tweet proclaiming a "leap of faith" after he signed his $9.5 million guaranteed franchise tag also wasn't the brightest idea.

"I don’t know, probably not the wisest choice of words," Welker said. "Sometimes you react on emotions every once in a while and it gets the best of you. I’m just excited to be on the team and help my team win."

Welker's comments fall in line with the Globe's report on Friday that the Patriots were not thrilled with Welker's decision to take the negotiations public. His comments today were an obvious attempt at damage control to put both sides back on good terms towards a deal.

Does he ever think that 2012 could be his last season with the Patriots?

"No, I don’t forsee that happening and I just take it a day at a time," Welker said.

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