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 theyíve gotten worse," Welker said. "Theyíve stayed the same. Iím franchised for the year and Iím completely happy with that and completely OK with it. I look forward to contributing to the team in 2012.
"Iím not frustrated whatsoever. I know the words that came out probably seemed that way but Iím not frustrated at all. Iím making five times what I did last year so thereís 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 donít 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. Iím 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 donít forsee that happening and I just take it a day at a time," Welker said.