Welker not worried about future


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker spoke briefly on his contract status following his team's loss in the AFC Championship game on Sunday, saying he was "not worried" about his pending free agency at the moment.

After playing this season under the franchise tag after he and the team failed to reach a long-term deal last summer, Welker is set to become a free agent again. Franchise-tagging Welker for a second consecutive season would cost the Patriots about $11.5 million towards their 2013 salary cap.

Here is the full Q-and-A on his contract from the post-game locker room:

Q: Do you think you'll be back with the Patriots next season?

Welker: "I'm not sure. I'm not worried about that right now."

Q: How difficult is it heading into the offseason with some uncertainty with your future plans?

Welker: "I'm really not worried about it at all. It's a tough loss and I'm just trying to get over it at the moment."

Q: Would you be frustrated if the team franchise tagged you again?

Welker: "Like I said, I'm not worried about any of it."