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Wes Welker on the franchise tag: ‘It’s a lot of money. How can you ever be upset about that?’

04.12.12 at 10:06 pm ET
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Wes Welker (AP)

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker made an appearance on the NFL Network’s “Total Access” Thursday night and addressed a variety of topics, including the franchise tags, whether or not he’ll attend the upcoming organized team activities and the struggles of Chad Ochocinco last season. Here are a few quick highlights:

On the franchise tag: “It’s a lot of money. How can you ever be upset about that? It’s more than half of what my last contract was over five years. One year — $9.5 (million) over one year? It’s not a bad deal. I’m not worried about it.”

On if he will attend OTAs: “Still looking to try and decide on that. I’m in no rush. We’ll figure it out. As far as me and my agents, we’re on the same page with everything. Just looking to move forward and looking forward to the 2012 season.”

On his highly discussed drop in the late moments of the Super Bowl: “They’re all tough. Anytime you don’t execute the way you want to in a critical game like that, every play is tough. It’s definitely one of the deals that you just learn from and hopefully execute the next chance you get.”

On why Chad Ochocinco struggled last year: “We were in a lockout. You come in and you’ve been a part of one offense for the past 10 years. You come into a completely new offense and didn’t have time in the offseason to go ever and didn’t have time in the offseason to go over everything and be on top of everything. I think this was just a little bit different for him. Being in that same system, everything is called differently. I think this year will be a lot of different as far as being able to hear the play call and not think, ‘This is where I have to lineup’ and be able to think, ‘This is my route, this what I’ve got to do, this is how I’m going to get open.’ It just takes time and I think there’s just a big learning curve, especially coming here to the Patriots. It’s a lot more complex.”

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