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Wilfork's tag is non-exclusive

Thumbnail image for V. Wilfork.jpgRecently tagged Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork can still field contract offers from other teams, but the cost of acquiring him will be prohibitive.

ESPNBoston’s Mike Reiss writes that Wilfork received the non-exclusive version of the franchise tag.  That means any team that signs Wilfork to an offer sheet must be willing to give up two first-round picks for him.  (Not to mention a huge salary.)

In the unlikely scenario that Wilfork signs an offer sheet, the Patriots would have seven days to match the offer or choose to take the two first-round picks.

Essentially, Wilfork will be as difficult to move during the offseason as he is on Sundays.  (As the picture above shows.)

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15 Responses to “Wilfork's tag is non-exclusive”
  1. PFTiswhatitis says: Feb 22, 2010 1:45 PM

    sounds like a smart move by the pats. Lets see Mangina try to mess with that.

  2. borg says: Feb 22, 2010 1:53 PM

    Wilfork’s wife is running his negotiations for him. He is the Doug Christie of the NFL

  3. tj.52 says: Feb 22, 2010 1:53 PM

    What if you are a good team? Would you give up 2 #27-28 picks for a proven guy that some are calling the best at his position? I wouldn’t rule it out.

  4. jbruder02 says: Feb 22, 2010 1:53 PM

    Smart move? It’s a no brainer.

  5. Lex Luger says: Feb 22, 2010 1:55 PM

    wilfork is done, this will kill his motivation.
    Giant fat DT have to be motivated to be good.
    Example, Grady Jackson

  6. TheHockeyPuck says: Feb 22, 2010 1:58 PM

    The Patriots are NOT going downhill. How do you call winning the AFC East going “downhill”??
    And dont give me the AFC east is weak. Jets to the AFC Championship?

  7. CapsLockKey says: Feb 22, 2010 1:59 PM

    Looks like Pats are trying another tag and trade. The Chiefs did the same thing with Jared Allen so he could go out and negotiate with teams.

  8. The Real Shuxion says: Feb 22, 2010 2:03 PM

    Lex Luger says:
    February 22, 2010 1:55 PM
    wilfork is done, this will kill his motivation.
    Giant fat DT have to be motivated to be good.
    Example, Grady JacksonExample, Grady Jackson
    ————————————————-
    The real question is can you put Vince in the torture rack?

  9. It puts the lotion on the skin says: Feb 22, 2010 2:05 PM

    # tj.52 says: February 22, 2010 1:53 PM
    What if you are a good team? Would you give up 2 #27-28 picks for a proven guy that some are calling the best at his position? I wouldn’t rule it out.
    ____________________________________
    Generally speaking, those teams cant afford his contract. Do you think a team like the Colts for example, could pay Manning 20 mil per year, pay Brackett 10 mil per year, pay Wayne 10 mil per year, pay Clark 8 mil per year, and pay Wilfork 12 mil per year. Those are made up numbers, but that would be half of the salary cap right there. That mans the other half will be used for the remaining 8 player on the roster. It just wouldnt be smart for a team like that to give up first round draft picks in back to back years, for one player. (especially a team like the Colts in my example, who draft very well)

  10. pfii63 says: Feb 22, 2010 2:08 PM

    All the blowhards aside, this is pretty straight-forward. The Pats are serious about keeping him and are trying not to piss him off. They will work out a deal within the next month.

  11. Bell63 says: Feb 22, 2010 2:30 PM

    Lex Luger says: February 22, 2010 1:55 PM
    wilfork is done, this will kill his motivation.
    If it stands as a one year deal, wouldn’t it increase his motivation?

  12. Tebow's a Douche says: Feb 22, 2010 2:49 PM

    That pictures has been distorted.

  13. Reasonable says: Feb 22, 2010 3:04 PM

    This is the way to go on all fronts.
    A) Wilfork can still see his market value.
    B) If he’s traded, the Pats can be sure it’s to a team Big Vince is comfortable playing for, unlike not so good solder Richard Seymore. (poor guy. stuck in Oakland. He deserved better than that.)

  14. Ken1313 says: Feb 22, 2010 4:02 PM

    Do not forget that the top 4 teams can not sign Wilfork and teams 5-8 can not offer him a contract unless they lose a free agent in the same range.
    So eliminating THOSE teams makes the draft picks a little more valuable since it would have to be the 9th best team or lower. Still, for some teams, it might be worth it…I just can’t see anyone being dumb enough to give up the draft picks AND have to pay him the salary he expects. (Well, other than Mangini)

  15. Professor says: Feb 22, 2010 4:49 PM

    Guys, just because the listed tender is two 1st round picks doesn’t mean the Pats can only accept a two 1st round pick offer. They can give him a two pick tag and still work out a trade that only involves a 1st and 3rd or a 1st and another player. The whole point of using the two 1st round picks tag is to make it too expensive for specifically a team rival to just walk in and sign Vince. The Pats want to control the deal so they can get the picks and players they want in return and also to control what team Vince goes to. I’m not sure there is any team in the league (except the Raiders) that would give up two first round picks for a player that is not a QB.

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