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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

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker made an appearance on the NFL Network’€™s ‘€œTotal 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: ‘€œIt’€™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: ‘€œStill 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: ‘€œThey’€™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: ‘€œWe 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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