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Wilfork 'not at all' angry about contract

Asked Saturday by Albert Breer of the Boston Globe if he is ticked off about his contract situation, Patriots NT Vince Wilfork replied “No. Not at all.

Wilfork reiterated that he desires a long-term contract and does “not want to be playing on one-year deals and franchise tags,” but it sounds like the Pro Bowler won’t cause a big fuss.  
Though Wilfork should theoretically be New England’s top priority heading to unrestricted free agency, Breer points out that the sides haven’t talked for quite some time.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss constructed an interesting Saturday morning blog post, suggesting the sides strike a four-year, $30 million agreement that would allow Wilfork to reenter free agency at age 32.  The proposal would guarantee New England’s best defender $23 million and be a deserved upgrade over the five-year, $30.25 million contract Kris Jenkins, a slightly inferior player at the same position, signed with the Jets in February of 2008.
Reiss’ proposal is plenty fair in our view, but the Patriots’ lack of aggressiveness in negotiations still points toward using the franchise tag on Wilfork.  We’ll know the outcome by March 5, when the free agent market opens.
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16 Responses to “Wilfork 'not at all' angry about contract”
  1. GregO says: Jan 30, 2010 2:34 PM

    Kris Jenkins is hardly an inferior player to compared to Wilfork.

  2. Iron Wolf says: Jan 30, 2010 2:50 PM

    Jenkins is a good player, don’t get me wrong, just a notch below as a NT , and is a better general DT.

  3. Rustytrombone says: Jan 30, 2010 2:58 PM

    Jesus, I’m a Patriots fan, but ENOUGH OF THE WILFORK TALK!

  4. GRpatriot says: Jan 30, 2010 3:07 PM

    Jenkins 2 down player, Wilfork plays all 3 when asked to…
    I think the Pats are in a top down review…
    The team gave the FA’s a heads up that early Febuary was the target date for negotiations.
    The Tag is a tool and the league and players union agreed on it. Maybe, they only want Vince if they stay in the current scheme. 3-4 base.
    It very well could change for 2010! Problem with the 3-4 is, without rush OLB’s it’s not very effective vs. the pass! The Patriots had little to no pass rush. BB will seriously need to address that area in the draft and F.A.

  5. Citizen Strange says: Jan 30, 2010 3:31 PM

    Only a true PUNK doesn’t get angry when somebody “slaps him in the face.”

  6. Rhymes with Punt says: Jan 30, 2010 3:41 PM

    “Maybe, they only want Vince if they stay in the current scheme. 3-4 base.
    It very well could change for 2010!”
    on the money GRpatriot! They will tag & trade Vince because the players they have and have availability to are better suited for the 4-3. With Brace and Warren, it will be easier to get pass-rushing D.E.s than OLBs in this F.A. market. The pass-rush issue needs to be addressed now and I believe that the Pats will switch to the 4-3 this year. Unfortunately that means Vince will be gone.

  7. GhostofFlorioPast says: Jan 30, 2010 3:45 PM

    If Ron Brace will be ready in a year, tag Wilfork and make it a contract year for him. Every year Wilfork says he knows he has to come in to camp at a lower weight, and every year he comes in a big fatty. Every year it gets harder to carry the extra weight, so every year he’s a higher risk. It’s not like the guy blows up offensive lines – he’s very good, not great.

  8. InBBwetrust says: Jan 30, 2010 5:16 PM

    This is some of the best football views on this blog in a long time.
    Good to see

  9. FireJerryJones says: Jan 30, 2010 5:30 PM

    Someone needs to explain how it’s an insult to guarantee a fat ‘athlete’ $7.5Million a year.
    They seem to be using him as a DT in a 4-3 lately. Not his strength.
    Looks like they tried drafting his replacement last year and failed.
    Richard Seymour… where are you?

  10. superius says: Jan 30, 2010 5:31 PM

    Ron Brace will never be ready to replace Wilfork. When Wilfork went down in the middle of that game during the season and they brought Brace in it looked like there was only 10 men on the D. Both because teams could run it straight up the gut with no worries and because the line looked immensely smaller.
    Wilfork is the best player on the D. If they try to replace him with Brace then it is going to be exactly the same result as when they:
    a) tried to replace Deon Branch w/ Reche Caldwell, and
    b) tried to replace Asante Samuels with Ellis Hobbs.
    Those were both unmitigated disasters. But you can’t expect to replace all-pro, impact, play makers with average talented backups and expect the same productions….
    But hey! We saved millions! That’s good value… just not good football.

  11. azwildcats96 says: Jan 30, 2010 5:33 PM

    McDouche can make HUGE strides towards appeasing fans in Denver if he goes after Wilfork.

  12. IRISH MAFIA says: Jan 30, 2010 5:34 PM

    If the Cheatriots have the players for another system such as the 4-3 then franchise and trade him. While he does carry a lot of weight he needs to playing the 3-4 being double teamed constantly. Ideal situation for the patriots which I hope they won’t do but coud be a way to go.
    Trade wilfork and their 2 wseconds to the Lions for the Rams #1 overall. Maybe even Vince 12t and earliest secoind for the Rams #1 overall. Take Suh who will be a monster in as a DE in a 4-3 and away the cheatriots go.
    The pats have a young group of players and Suh would be a great addition.
    Hope it won’t happen cause I hate the bb chateres, but if you ike them it is something to think about.

  13. Dinozzo says: Jan 30, 2010 5:49 PM

    Put out the bat signal from the lighthouse at Foxboro……Please step up Mr. Kraft and pay the man….

  14. VoxVagina says: Jan 30, 2010 8:39 PM

    @Irish Mafia
    “Trade wilfork and their 2 wseconds to the Lions for the Rams #1 overall. Maybe even Vince 12t and earliest secoind for the Rams #1 overall. Take Suh who will be a monster in as a DE in a 4-3 and away the cheatriots go”
    That trade scenario doesn’t even make sense. You just traded one player to two teams. Not to mention Suh is a 4-3 DT not a DE

  15. Discostu570 says: Jan 30, 2010 10:10 PM

    If you think Jenkins is inferior to Wilfork, you haven’t been watching at least one of them play ball. Remember that Jenkins was in the discussion for MVP in 2008. Also, go watch tape of his games in 2009 if you think he’s a two down player (ie not a talented pass rusher). Two very talented players, but Jenkins is this generation’s Warren Sapp.

  16. kr says: Jan 31, 2010 12:23 AM

    Jenkins is a better pass rushing threat on his worst day than Wilfork on his best day. they have different strengths and are equally talented. if Wilfork has an advantage that’s worth paying for it’s because he’s more durable.

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