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Kraft says Patriots, Wilfork are "very close"

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says his team is close to working out a long-term contract with nose tackle Vince Wilfork.

“We have a budget we’ve set for next year. Our first priority is with Vince,” Kraft told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “I think we’ve had some positive discussions. We’re very close. I hope we can conclude it soon.”

Wilfork and his wife, Bianca, have both indicated that they want the Patriots to give him a long-term deal. Kraft said that’s what he wants, too.

“Look, we love Vince,” Kraft said. “He and Bianca have been a special part of our franchise. We love having him here. I hope here’s here for a long time to come. We’re trying to do everything we can to make that happen.”

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11 Responses to “Kraft says Patriots, Wilfork are "very close"”
  1. formerly dystopianow says: Feb 24, 2010 4:55 PM

    I’m sure many of the fans hope that here’s there for a long time to come too. Bring back comment ratings.

  2. ampats says: Feb 24, 2010 4:59 PM

    They must be close because Bob Kraft does not discuss ongoing Patriots negotiations in the public. He always defers to BB

  3. Matt Walsh says: Feb 24, 2010 5:01 PM

    He’s a good soldier, wore a microphone under his shoulder pads before Belicheat was busted.
    Hush money on the way Vince.

  4. ShockAndAwe09NYG! says: Feb 24, 2010 5:02 PM

    “I hope here’s here for a long time to come”
    get that fixed quick before all the loser that just come on your page to bash your simple mistakes!

  5. Bossman says: Feb 24, 2010 5:06 PM

    It’s done. For all of you suckers waiting for the body to be cast away…. E.S.A.D.

  6. Dawn says: Feb 24, 2010 5:08 PM

    Great news for Patriots’ fans and let’s hope the words prove to be true.
    Here’s another response from Kraft regarding Moss’ comments about how “the Patriots don’t pay”:

  7. oldschool says: Feb 24, 2010 5:09 PM

    Why do birds suddenly appear
    Every time you are near?
    Just like me, they long to be
    Close to you.
    Why do stars fall down from the sky
    Every time you walk by?
    Just like me, they long to be
    Close to you.

  8. Rick says: Feb 24, 2010 5:21 PM

    First Vince then Logan Mankins!! The only other FA I would make a priority is Kevin Faulk. The rest can go kick rocks. I think after Mar 5th when they can dump Thomas you will see Vince and Logan locked up long term

  9. munchkin says: Feb 24, 2010 5:24 PM

    Up next, Logan Mankins….

  10. WTE says: Feb 24, 2010 6:01 PM

    This would be great news if NE can lock up Vince Wilfork for several more years.
    Point blank.

  11. pfii63 says: Feb 24, 2010 6:34 PM

    Word is Mrs. Wilfork plays a mean nose tackle too.

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