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Wilfork to show up to camp

NFL_wilfork.jpgDefensive tackle Vince Wilfork will show up to training camp on time, despite his desire for a new contract.

The news doesn’t come as a surprise, as Wilfork also attended the team’s mandatory minicamp last month.  He skipped the team’s voluntary Organized Team Activities earlier as a “business decision.”

Wilfork is perhaps the most important player on a revamped Patriots defense and is due $2.2 million this season as part of his rookie contract.

The Patriots drafted some leverage this season in second-round pick Ron Brace, but Wilfork has developed into a prototypical 3-4 defensive tackle.  There aren’t many of those around, so he appears to be the key contract for New England to address, except for Tom Brady.

The negotiations with Wilfork have publicly lacked the acrimony or drama that plagued dealings in the past with Deion Branch and Asante Samuel.

Wilfork’s expected arrival at training camp is a sign his contract will not become a distraction.

Patriots rookies arrive in Foxborough for the start of the training camp on Sunday.  Rookies for the Eagles, Chargers, and Texans also arrive at camp today.

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7 Responses to “Wilfork to show up to camp”
  1. Backinthesaddle says: Jul 26, 2009 12:13 PM

    The Pats have many many many tough decisions to make going into the 2010 season. With the exception of just a few, virtually the entire offensive and defensive lines contracts end at the end of the 2009 season.

  2. Darth Ringo says: Jul 26, 2009 1:18 PM

    Wilfork needs to eat more, I can almost see the hem of his pants

  3. CJR says: Jul 26, 2009 1:47 PM

    Should be really interesting to see who they sign and don’t sign. Big problem with all the teams is gettting the new CBA taken care of so teams, agents, and players can know where they stand. The quicker that gets done the more stability there will be.

  4. FumbleNuts says: Jul 26, 2009 7:59 PM

    the Jets will win the division, more swagger and confidence.

  5. texansfreak says: Jul 26, 2009 9:11 PM

    Thats a huge bitch!

  6. SixBurghDude says: Jul 27, 2009 1:15 PM

    and here’s a wimpy one!!!

  7. stanjam says: Jul 30, 2009 11:31 PM

    Wilfork has said all along he will fulfill his contract. He wants a new deal, and would prefer to be in NE, but he isn’t going to hold out or anything. Good philosophy.
    Oh, and Fumble, the Jets always have swagger and confidence. What they need is talent, teamwork, and coaching, none of which they have.

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