Wilfork responds to franchise designation, through Mrs. Wilfork

In response to the news that the Patriots have applied the franchise tag to defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, the first response from the Wilfork family has come from Mrs. Wilfork.

Bianca Wilfork has been heavily involved in her husband’s career.  (Some might say she has been too involved.)  But on Monday she struck an optimistic tone, without any of the bluster that came from Vince several weeks ago regarding the possible use of the franchise tag.

“After six years of dedicated service I do understand this is a business,” she wrote on her Twitter page.  “With that said it is my hope that the tag is applied for its true purpose.  For the purpose of allotting more time for us to continue our talks and be able to reach a long-term agreement.”

In all fairness, that’s not the true purpose of the franchise tag.  The true purpose of the franchise tag is to give each team the annual right to squat on one unrestricted free agent.  Under the CBA, the only requirement is that the team “have a good faith intention to employ the player . . . during the upcoming season.”

So it’s a year-to-year tool, which allows the team to keep a player without making the large investment that comes from a multi-year deal based on market value.  The union and the league recognized this reality in 2006 by increasing dramatically the price for using the franchise tag a third straight time.    

Wilfork might get a long-term deal in 2010, and he might have to wait until 2011.  Maybe he gets tagged again next year.  Regardless, the true purpose is to give the team a chance to keep the player for at least another year or to do a long-term deal on its own terms, without having to worry about the highest bidder driving up the price — unless the highest bidder is willing to give up two first-round draft picks in return.

24 responses to “Wilfork responds to franchise designation, through Mrs. Wilfork

  1. Why does the wife of a pro athlete think she is relevant in contract negotiations? Why can’t he be a man and speak up rather than let his woman do the talking?

  2. The woman has a tattoo of “F It” on her body. Check her myspace page(google her name). I wouldn’t want to mess with her. Anyone willing to lay down under a 350 pound man and like it is willing to take some punishment. She’d be a great agent.

  3. Wow there are some seriously misogynistic comments on this board! What makes you people think that it ISN’T well-advised for Vince’s family to be involved in his business? and perhaps making significant decisions regarding it? There’s no rule that says a man must be smarter than a woman when it comes to contract negotiations.

  4. Posted by: Marv_Sleezy
    Anybody who cant control their wife does not deserve a long term deal.
    Okay, so go up to Mrs. Wilfork and put your pimp-hand out to slap her and watch her whoop your ass son. “Control” is for climates, not for your wife, caveman.

  5. I never understood why a player would be against getting the franchise designation. Sure, it isn’t long-term but unless you’re a total moron, you can take that money and be set for life.
    Set for life.
    But that’s not enough, apparently.

  6. I get a hoot that Florio always is negative about NFL wives. A little bit of a female issue? Dear Mrs. Florio, condolences.

  7. TheDPR
    thats a funny name i went to Ma last month and seen the worst band I ever listen to in my life with that name. It was DPR not the DPR but either way the suck! But everytime I go to MA it sucks. They have annoying pats fans who never watched football 10 years ago. And the red sox fans. we all know how annoying they are

  8. SoCalSean, man you really need to do some growing up before you get in a relationaship. They’re points were/are valid even if you don’t like them.
    Can’t blame Mrs Wilfork or Mr. W.- in my marriage, I’m much better at finances, investing, organizational skills so I handle those duties. My wife is MUCH more tactful and wise in giving advice so those are her corners to cover.
    If Mrs W is stronger at those duties, then she should handle them afterall marriage IS a tag team isn’t it?

  9. you can take that money and be set for life.
    Agreed. And their own union negotiated these rules. Get mad at yourself, union brother.

  10. Pretty sure she’s a lawyer, and used to be his agent. He’s gotten bigger every year. If I was Belichick, I’d franchise his fat ass every year… or pay him his three year deal and watch him go Damien Woody on you (450 lb man).
    He hasn’t missed a meal.

  11. RedsGhost:
    Been married 1o years, thanks though!
    Take sarcasm for what it is.. Don’t be preachy
    What the heck is this ,the 700 club??

  12. With that said it is my hope that the tag is applied for its true purpose. For the purpose of allotting more time for us to continue our talks and be able to reach a long-term agreement.”
    In all fairness, that’s not the true purpose of the franchise tag. The true purpose of the franchise tag is to give each team the annual right to squat on one unrestricted free agent
    Im sure thats not what she meant. I think you misunderstood what she was saying. I think she was saying that the Patriots told them that the purpose of using the tag on him was to get him signed to a long term contract. Not that that is why the franchise tag was created.
    The Patriots have been saying that was the reason so much lately that they surely told the Wilforks that and that she was referring to that confersation. Trying to say well I hope the Patriots were telling us the truth when they said they were doing it to get him a long term deal and not just doing it to keep him around for another year or 2.

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