Eagles Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel was involved in a high-profile contract dispute with the Patriots during the 2007 and 2008 offseasons before signing a six-year, $57.14 million deal to play in Philly.
Vince Wilfork is in a similar situation as he looks forward to unrestricted free agency. Samuel has advice for the Patriots’ nose tackle.
“I don’t think (the Patriots) care about you,” Samuel said after Friday’s Pro Bowl practice. “They didn’t care about me. So do what’s best for you and your family. The way they treat people is not something I agree with.”
Wilfork has discussed the possibility of signing with a team based in Florida, calling it a “dream come true” to play for the Buccaneers or Dolphins.
Ultimately, the Patriots will show they care plenty about Wilfork when he is slapped with the franchise tag next month and guaranteed $7.003 million in 2010. The sides will have the rest of the offseason to work on a long-term deal, if it’s the avenue New England chooses. Regardless, Wilfork won’t have to continue “rondo’ing” pizzas going forward while earning the average of the league’s top-five defensive tackles’ salaries. He’ll be able to buy them himself.