Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/19/12

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker on Saturday took back comments he made two days before that his contract negotiations had "gotten worse."

Welker made the comments to the Boston Herald on Thursday, but told ESPN Boston that he used the wrong words to describe his contract situation.

"That was probably a bad choice of words, saying they've gotten worse," Welker said Saturday. "They've pretty much -- they've stayed the same. I'm franchised for the year and I'm completely happy with that. I say the same because it's a franchise tender. It was a bad choice of words because it's still one year, nine and a half (million dollars). It's the same. It's the same contract."

A team source told the Boston Globe on Friday that Welker's initial comments were not appreciated by the team.

Welker told reporters at his football clinic on Saturday that he is content with his situation with the team and looks forward to the season.

"I'm not frustrated whatsoever," he said. "I know the words that came out maybe seemed that way. But I'm not frustrated at all. I'm making five times more than I did last year. There's no frustration here."

Welker also used the term "#leapoffaith" on Twitter during the week to describe his decision to sign the franchise tender. He backed off from that tweet on Saturday.

"Probably not the wisest choice of words," he said. "But sometimes you react on emotion every once in a while, and it gets the best of you."

Welker said he does not think this will be his last season in New England. He plans to be at the team's organized team activities on Monday.

He would not answer questions about how his contracts talks are going.

"I'll keep that between (my agent) and the Patriots and whatever they do," Welker said. "For me, (I) just stay out of it as much as I can and just focus on what I can do to help the team win."

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