Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork launched earlier this week a campaign to get paid by the team for which he has played six seasons — or to sign with a new team.
He made his case to WEEI, and now the former Miami Hurricane has told Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that playing in Florida would be a “dream come true.”
“I love great weather,” Wilfork said. “I love football. It doesn’t matter where I play.
I just want to have security for my family. I would love to
stay in New England if I had the chance. I love New England because of
my teammates, my family. My son, the friends and connections we’ve made
up there, it’s some great people up there. But if it doesn’t work out
I’ll weigh my options I tell you that.”
Wilfork has said that he doesn’t want the Patriots to use the franchise tag to retain his rights. But it’s not really Wilfork’s choice. Under the labor deal, the teams have the right to apply the franchise tag to one unrestricted free agent per year. And no amount of pissing or moaning by the player can change that.