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Vince Wilfork wants out of New England


As big a deal as the Patriots made last night, they might be on the verge of having a bigger hole.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Wilfork has asked the team for his release, after 10 seasons.

The team approached him once about restructuring his contract, but that didn’t go far. He’s scheduled to make a base salary of $7.5 million this year, and count $11.6 million against the salary cap.

That is a number they don’t want to pay for a 31-year-old coming off an Achilles injury.

How they handle this one will be interesting, because they need that number off the books, but they’d also blow a huge hole (pun absolutely intended) in the middle of their defense by letting him go.

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  1. kingokra says: Mar 13, 2014 2:37 PM

    I don’t blame him. Winning gets old.

  2. johnnycamparm says: Mar 13, 2014 2:38 PM

    Come to Pittsburgh!!!

  3. apkyletexas says: Mar 13, 2014 2:38 PM

    That’s the problem with signing high-priced free agents on the same side of the ball as highly valued veterans that you are trying to low-ball.

    Wilfork is worth more to them than Revis will be. Poor trade-off. He’ll be welcome in Pittsburgh – we need a starting nose tackle, so we can slide Steve McLendon over to DE.

  4. ijahru says: Mar 13, 2014 2:38 PM

    They won without him last year

  5. patriotinvasion says: Mar 13, 2014 2:39 PM

    Wild 48 hour roller coaster

  6. ravensbob says: Mar 13, 2014 2:39 PM

    Done, done, done….

  7. steelerben says: Mar 13, 2014 2:39 PM

    Guys like Wilfork don’t grow on trees, mainly because the branches can’t support them. New England definitely looks better with him holding down the center of their line than [fill in the blank].

  8. keeney38 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:39 PM

    Come to seattle

  9. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 13, 2014 2:39 PM

    I for one would love to see him leave. He murders the interior of the Ravens o-line every time they play.

  10. ctiggs says: Mar 13, 2014 2:39 PM

    “How they handle this one will be interesting, because they need that number off the books, but they’d also blow a huge hole (pun absolutely intended) in the middle of their defense by letting him go.”

    My co workers actually looked at me and asked what was so funny.

  11. jetsclaps says: Mar 13, 2014 2:40 PM

    Revis and his contract already making his presence felt.

  12. ghost26 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:40 PM

    It’s mind boggling how cheap the Patriots are. This guy was their rock before he got hurt. I just hope Edleman tells Kraft the same thing Welker did.

  13. bostonian13 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:41 PM

    A 33 year old**. After Brady, Wilfork is the guy everyone loves down here. But with that cap number, if he doesn’t restructure it’s best to let him go. Free agency is loaded with defensive lineman and the draft is right around the corner. I hope he restructures, if not, we love you Wilfork.

  14. chestercopperpot12 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:41 PM

    wrong side of 30 coming off a Achilles , love big vince but its time to move on . need cap money and a pass rush. he could never get pressure up the middle need that to help jones and niko .

  15. brobroski says: Mar 13, 2014 2:41 PM

    Bet he didn’t mind when players restructured so he could get paid. Love him but an Achilles injury for someone his size is a big deal.

  16. jetsarestacked says: Mar 13, 2014 2:41 PM

    what good is revis when teams can just run all over the pats?

  17. revren10 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:41 PM

    They should release him, way to much money to pay for someone of his age coming off that injury

  18. madsqgrdn says: Mar 13, 2014 2:42 PM

    hes an actual difference make…They just paid 12 million for a 30 year old still recovering from an acl

  19. cdb5 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:42 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!
    Sign up Peppers or Allen! It’s a passing league now and New England stopped the run just fine last year with undrafted plugin players.

  20. craniator says: Mar 13, 2014 2:42 PM

    They’ll never deal him to My Mammy , but we’d love to have him . . .
    oh , wait . . . it’s the Raiders on line one , offering a first round pick. I guess they didn’t learn anything from the Richard Seymour/Carson Palmer trades . . .

  21. mikebel11 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:42 PM

    Why did they release Sopoaga when they could have released Wilfork and kept Sopoaga to play nose tackle.

  22. papagambino says: Mar 13, 2014 2:42 PM


    Thanks for a great 10 years. Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on your way out the door

  23. cdb5 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:42 PM

    Make sure you take Bianca with you as well!

  24. chris3141084 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:43 PM

    A long time Patriot wants out?? What happened to Bill playing chess not checker?!

  25. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 13, 2014 2:43 PM

    big man gotta eat.

  26. andreboy1 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:44 PM

    Never pay a fat man coming off an achillies injury.

    They learned from watching the Lakers and Kobe.

  27. bradyisbest says: Mar 13, 2014 2:44 PM

    good riddance,got paid last yr to sit on your FA! caused a huge stink last contract time. does he understand they went to afc champ game without him? cmon big fella give a little!

  28. phinatic29 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:44 PM

    ruthless …… why does anyone want to play for the Pats?

    I mean it’s a business we all get that, but what about taking care of guys that have shed blood and sweat for the cause? its not like Wilfork hasn’t performed. he has performed very well.

    plus guys seem to be coming back from achilles injuries.

  29. phinfan says: Mar 13, 2014 2:45 PM

    Trouble in New Englands’ a brewin. Maybe Belly Cheat is bullying his players around.

  30. rainmaker1982 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:45 PM

    I hope my Pats cut him. I’m in the minority, but I always felt Wilfork was overrated. They’ve been soft against the run for years since Ted Johnson, Vrabel, Bruschi, and McGinest left.

  31. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 13, 2014 2:46 PM

    Patriots have no loyalty to anyone not named Brady. It’s plain as day. They’ve asked just about everyone they’ve ever had on their roster to take a pay cut, cut them for salary cap relief (yea, Brady restructured but he did that on his own), or paid them below market value.

  32. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 13, 2014 2:46 PM

    Denver hasn’t signed any big named DTs yet, they could probably squeeze him in. They should ask him agent if he would take less with them than the Pats in exchange for a great chance to win a title.

  33. warroominsider says: Mar 13, 2014 2:46 PM

    What kind of market is there for a 31-year-old NT coming off an achilles injury? I can’t imagine it being very big. Vince should have accepted a re-worked contract. I hope he enjoys signing a 1 or 2 year deal worth 4-5 million a year. Idiot.

    I bet this has a lot to do with his wife/agent.

  34. crazyaboutthepigskin says: Mar 13, 2014 2:46 PM

    Trade him to the Raiders as he has another year left on his deal. And, take Bianca with you…

  35. strokinmyego says: Mar 13, 2014 2:46 PM

    “That is a number they don’t want to pay for a 31-year-old coming off an Achilles injury.”

    Wilfork is 32 and will be 33 by the middle of the season.

    It will be tough to see the big guy go but he’s just not worth an 11.5 million dollar salary. In the end it’s a business and the Patriots have to do what’s best for the team. Achilles tendon injuries are the worst and even before he went down he got manhandled by Vladimir Ducasse.

    Use the money to bring in Melton, Peppers, Tuck, Browner etc. Sealver Siligia played well last year but the Patriots will have over 18 million dollars in cap space if they grant Wilfork is release. They’ll have a ton of money to improve.

  36. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 13, 2014 2:46 PM

    Welcome to Denver!

  37. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Mar 13, 2014 2:47 PM

    Just because they release him doesn’t mean he won’t come back. This is the only way both sides can find out if they’re wrong about his worth if they’re really not able to come to an agreement on restructuring his deal.

  38. salscobrakai says: Mar 13, 2014 2:48 PM

    His agent is calling 1-800-JohnElway later today.

  39. theclink12 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:49 PM

    Denver has been quiet as a mouse in free agency so far so they will probably sign him.

  40. chawk12thman says: Mar 13, 2014 2:49 PM

    This is huge. Denver is drooling.

  41. capegolfer says: Mar 13, 2014 2:49 PM

    Carefull what you wish for Vince. What team needs a nose tackle at that price? Never mind one coming off of a major injury and on the back nine of his career.

  42. clipper222 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:50 PM

    the tom brady farewell parade is starting to tune up. and the timing isn’t looking good to march off into the sunset…

    Denver did it for Elway, Steelers did it for Bettis, Ravens did it for Ray, Denver is probably going to do it for Manning. I just don’t see where this team is getting any better anytime soon.

  43. whiteknightblackheart says: Mar 13, 2014 2:51 PM

    An awesome secondary doesn’t help you if you can’t stop the run or rush the passer.

  44. packerbackersince71 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:51 PM

    … Vince , Smart Move , I would leave these Bunch of Losers ASAP , they won’t even make the Playoffs this Year !!! …

  45. allhailkingflacco says: Mar 13, 2014 2:52 PM

    Now I see why they picked up Revis. There will be no pressure on the opposition’s QB.

  46. bucfanforlife says: Mar 13, 2014 2:52 PM

    was /is pretty good but for a big guy the Achilles thing has to be bad if kobe is having trouble coming back nobody works as hard and keeps their body well like him, time to move on or take a pay cut, oh by the way bill says hey steve meet tom

  47. jolink653 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:52 PM

    Patriots absolutely did not stop the run with who they got to replace Wilfork and Kelly, and it was awful to watch their line get gashed by the opposing RBs every game.

    Not sure where this is coming from or why he wants out, but silver lining if they release him is that it would open another $8 million in cap space. I was looking forward to having him back though, so hopefully he reconsiders

  48. teedraper says: Mar 13, 2014 2:52 PM

    LOL @ the patriots. These idiots will not have many former greats in their ring of honor bc how they treat players.

    All that crap talk about how much Big V means to the owner & look what they do?

    They wonder why everyone hates that cheating a$$ franchise.

  49. keltictim says: Mar 13, 2014 2:52 PM

    Vince say it ain’t so man! What in the heck is going on up there. Bill, fix this now!

  50. fwippel says: Mar 13, 2014 2:52 PM

    Considering the money they just dropped on Revis, I can’t say I blame Wilfork.

    As for his age, I wouldn’t put him in mothballs just yet. There are plenty of nose tackles who have played well past the age of 35 and done so very productively (Pat Williams and Sam Adams are two examples).

    He will not have any trouble finding work elsewhere.

  51. mcmeen0576 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:53 PM

    Hey Vince, I hear Bill be treating you bad….why don’t we talk….I’m a friend
    -The text John Elway just sent Vince Wilfork

  52. redrobots44 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:53 PM

    I love Vince- but he’s not as important as some of the other holes. Hate to see him go but the Pats needs to shake up the D a little bit to just get a little bit better.

  53. blitzthepig says: Mar 13, 2014 2:54 PM

    The NFLPA should fight to put a clause in the CBA that requires a team to immediately grant a player UFA the moment they ask that player to take a pay cut! These contracts the players sign are a joke. Are you listening DeMaurice?

  54. ghost26 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:54 PM

    This guy was a heck of a player for them. An absolute WARRIOR in the trenches plus a guy with incredible athleticism & playmaking ability for a man of that size. If I were a Patriots fan I’d be pissed. Apparently the Patriots have prioritized a ‘me first’ guy in Revis instead of a ‘team first’ guy in Wilfork. I’m curious to see what Bruschi & McGinest have to say about this one…

    However…The Patriots will still find a way to win the division & make the playoffs. I hate to say it but it’s pretty incredible what they do year in & year out.

  55. spoilerfutbol says: Mar 13, 2014 2:54 PM

    And now the Broncos will overpay LOL

  56. rob471773 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:55 PM

    See you later Vince, it’s been great but your time has come. He’s an all time great, but if he won’t consider a pay cut, he’s out the door.

    He’s 32 years old, around 400 lbs and coming back from a torn achilles. He’ll never be the same again. No way the can afford an $11 million cap hit.

    Sign a slob now and add depth in the draft.

  57. dezno24 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:55 PM

    Will he kiss his new owner on both cheeks before the game?

  58. logast says: Mar 13, 2014 2:55 PM

    Big Vince is one of my favorite Patriots. Hopefully they can work it out. It’s a business, Vince. You won’t get that salary anywhere. The team did make it to the AFC Championship without you.

  59. coltzfan166 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:55 PM

    He wants to go to Denver

  60. jagsfan1 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:56 PM

    1) I don’t blame him. Winning gets old.


    2) They won without him last year


    But I guess – according to all recent TWO TIME Super Bowl LOSING Pats fans – this is all part of Saint Bill’s plan right? because he is just SO smart and you are all just SO lucky…
    what’s it been? 10 years now?

  61. ez4u2sa says: Mar 13, 2014 2:56 PM

    Wilfork is being emotional. It’s probably his wife who is the one who is pissed. At any rate the Patriots will work this out in the long run. Should they fail to do so and Wilfork moves on, it won’t be the end of the world.

  62. jetfan74 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:56 PM

    He wants to be a part of one of best D line rotations in the NFL and he could go to lunch w/ the guy he calls the best center in the league. The Mangold/Wilfork love fest shall continue!!!! Nick approves this 1000%!!!! He really wants to stick it to Bill and Tom. He can’t wait to get those mitts on #12!!!!

  63. carljng says: Mar 13, 2014 2:56 PM

    “Having a bigger hole”?

    He left in week 4 and the Pats went to the AFC championship. There is no doubt the impact Wilfork has had on this team. However, with his age, salary and now injury it may be best to part ways if he is unwilling to restructure. That money can be used elsewhere.

  64. piratefreedom says: Mar 13, 2014 2:57 PM

    Wilfork wasn’t dominant before before last years injury the way he was in the past, it was losing Mayo that made the whole house of cards fall apart on defense last year.
    I hope like hell the Pats can keep him though, he’s still young enough to get back to his old butt fumble forcing self and I expect he would have rounded into shape last year if he hadn’t got hurt.

  65. dlk47823 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:57 PM

    What’s guaranteed for this year? If you release him, you still take a cap hit (he’s under contract) and he’s probably got at least 5 million guaranteed if you cut him.

  66. steelcurtainn says: Mar 13, 2014 2:57 PM

    Cant blame him after NE stinking up the playoffs every season.

  67. Vermonster802 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:58 PM

    Winning gets old?? Haven’t won a SB for some years

  68. rc33 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:58 PM

    This was predictable. Vince and his wife are “bottom line” people, albeit very popluar in the Boston area.
    But he’s made $32 of the $40M he signed for; not bad in today’s NFL, where clubs are regularly dumping people w/ $25-$30M left on their deals.
    He’s also a 340 lb. guy who’s 32 and coming off a torn Achilles.
    Is he surprised he was asked to restructure?

  69. jetset24 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:59 PM

    keep him, that’s a big man on a little repaired tendon!!!!!

  70. jetfuel91 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:59 PM

    some trouble in paradise? wilfork seems like a big time team guy. incredible he will have to take a pay cut for mevis.

  71. strokinmyego says: Mar 13, 2014 2:59 PM

    “An awesome secondary doesn’t help you if you can’t stop the run or rush the passer.”

    Stopping the run is something Wilfork has done well in the past before tearing his Achilles but he’s never rushed the passer well in his career. Even if Wilfork stayed it would be Jones and Ninkovich rushing the passer not him.

    Honestly it’s more of a sentimental loss than anything else. All Patriots fans love Wilfork but every player has their day when they’re no longer worth the money they are scheduled to make. The Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship game without Wilfork last year so it’s not like they need him to make it deep into January.

  72. Norseman says: Mar 13, 2014 3:01 PM

    Patriots are proving to be turn-coats in free-agency again this year when it comes to re-signing their own vets- and paying the price.

    There is a lot to be said of taking care of your own when it comes to free agency and re-signing key players.

    Couldn’t bring themselves to sign Wes Welker last year, because Amendola was so much better?

    Let Talib walk in favor of a one-year Revis rental?

    Now at risk of losing Wilfork. Who are they gonna replace him with? Raji?

    Belichick used to be intrepid when it came to free-agency and the draft. These days he’s flailing.

  73. skleech22 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:01 PM

    There’s the TRUE Patriot way,folks!

  74. jimbo75025 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:03 PM

    I am an admitted Patriot hater but Wilfork as always seemed to be a good guy in terms of his attitude and all the public service he does.

    Hope if the Pats do release him, he ends up somewhere that he can be happy.

  75. richndc says: Mar 13, 2014 3:10 PM

    Any team even thinking of signing this guy will also have to pony up for those extra plumbing expenses. The man is a world class clogger of toilets. It sounds funny until your complex is 2 feet deep in raw sewage after he spent an entire night hammering oysters and wings. ugh….

  76. miguelromerorhpat says: Mar 13, 2014 3:12 PM

    dont realease him..please trade him for a possible first chicagooo something like that,dont let him walk away like that…TRADE HIM!

  77. bigdaddy44 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:13 PM

    Both sides are right on this one. According to patscap, Wilfork will count 11.6 million against the cap, but only 3.6 million if cut, an $8,000,000 cap savings. The Pats want to restructure and keep him, but he believes he can get more on the open market. Let him test the market, and if the money is close, both sides would be willing to work out a return. If not, Vince gets his money, and the Pats get 8 mil. to spend.

  78. tigerlilac says: Mar 13, 2014 3:14 PM

    I’m sorry, the Patriots will be paying players up to the cap. They are not cheap, they just pay their entire roster on a more egalitarian basis. Vince is looking at mercenaries getting paid big dollars and wants a piece of the action. Sorry Vince, you were well paid sitting out a year and will be well paid this year. Bill won’t blink but he might trade you like he did Richard Seymour. You remember him Vince, he won three Super Bowls and was traded so they could pay you.

  79. meshnuts says: Mar 13, 2014 3:15 PM

    Let me get this straight. NE fans say an Achilles for a big man is doomed and “don’t let the door hit you in the _ss but they want him to stay with a pay cut? I do believe ole’ Bill has lost it and the players are figuring it out.

  80. taron2in1 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:15 PM

    Does he like cheese steaks. Come on Howie!!!

  81. jetsfan67 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:15 PM

    The Revis effect. Hilarious.

  82. chargerdillon says: Mar 13, 2014 3:16 PM

    Hard to see a guy walk in the door after years of being the enemy and get paid more than you and garner more respect than you do at your own position.

    Vince Wilfork is a guaranteed first ballot hall of famer. I really don’t know if Revis has done enough to even be considered a hall of famer.

    Yet you’re going to give a guy who was the enemy more money than the guy who played in the most violent position in all of football and was dominant at that position for 10 years for your team, WHILE ASKING HIM TO TAKE LESS.

    Here’s a better idea for the patriots, ask Tom Brady to take less again while downgrading his WR’s.

    The Patriot way is to mistreat quality players while still demanding more and expecting them to take less.

  83. gisellichek says: Mar 13, 2014 3:16 PM

    Not a shockah… Vince wants to get paid. Some team will overpay for him in the open market. BB won’t offer much to stay, at least not what he wants… remember people , he was a team captain and spokesdude for the defense… that means he has to be the highest paid on that defense. (in his mind)… they just gave Revis 12M… that has to piss off Vince.
    See ya Vince… thanks for everything!!!

  84. surfinbird1 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:17 PM

    Vince you were a great Patriot and should be in the Pats HOF. but you are a 350lb man on the wrong side of thirty coming off major surgery. I don’t fault either side for this. You were due way too much money and did not want to re-structure. Gone are the days that most teams are gonna spend big bucks like that on a nose tackle. Hope you do find a team that will do that for you. You will be missed.

  85. ryanrockzzz says: Mar 13, 2014 3:18 PM

    If released, the Eagles now have a chance to make up for passing on him in the draft!

    Philly needs you!

  86. bearasstruth says: Mar 13, 2014 3:19 PM

    Phil Emery is on line #2 Mr. Wilfork.

  87. ironyisadeadscene says: Mar 13, 2014 3:19 PM

    New England doesn’t need him to stop the run or toget to the playoffs….have any of you seen the teams in the AFC East? pathetic….save and sign a new punt returner since that’s all AFC East teams (not named New England) do….

  88. realnflmaster says: Mar 13, 2014 3:21 PM


  89. brohamma says: Mar 13, 2014 3:22 PM

    This one hurts. Vince gives it all every moment he is on the field and doubly so off it, to the community. Damn.

    I really hope that he reconsiders the release request. “It’s a business,” is a two-way street that hopefully crosses paths in situations like this.

    Both sides need to step back and look at the benefits they have each received to this point. Meet in the middle and make the guy a life-time Pat Patriot.

  90. strokinmyego says: Mar 13, 2014 3:22 PM

    For all the people saying Wilfork should go to Denver he might not even be the third DT on that team. Knighton and Wolfe are definitely better than Wilfork and they just drafted Sly Williams last year in the first round. It just wouldn’t be a good investment.

    He’ll probably get a one year prove it deal. 3-4 teams should be looking at him to split snaps at the nose tackle position. He’s a bad fit for a 4-3 in today’s NFL because he can’t rush the passer. Houston with Crennel coming in seems like a good fit. Maybe Green Bay could look to add him if Raji leaves as well.

  91. SAV says: Mar 13, 2014 3:23 PM

    When you add Revis to your defense, you must make the choice that he is the financial nucleus of the defense, you sign him to a massive deal long-term and build 100% around him. Any other player contracts and players that inhibit that building process must be subtracted, Wilfork was going to be cut regardless because he wasn’t going to accept a pay cut. I think him asking for it, just saves face a little bit. It’s a cap casualty, Wilfork earns his dough. But losing Spikes and Wilfork is a massive hole to recover from…

  92. toybkshr says: Mar 13, 2014 3:23 PM

    Would be nice if he stay’s, but he wasn’t playing well before the Achilles injury, and given that along with the age/injury situation the Pats can’t be blamed for wanting to reduce an 11+ mil cap #.

    A lot of posts above make it seem like only the Pats do this to aging vets. Obviously don’t pay attention to rest of the league.

  93. metitometin says: Mar 13, 2014 3:23 PM

    After everything the Patriots have done for Wilfork, this is how he acts? What a disgrace. This is really the way he wants to go out? What a jerk. I can’t respect that at all.

  94. tigerlilac says: Mar 13, 2014 3:26 PM

    It’s not about the money but I have a family.

    I am fine with guys going for the cash but the sob stories are a bit nauseating. Wilfolk has been treated very well and paid well by the Patriots, has a chance to retire as a Hall of Fame player (NFL and Patriots), and now he wants to play the victim. Vince has been a gem on and off the field but did he really think they weren’t going to have to pay a corner?

  95. u4iadman says: Mar 13, 2014 3:34 PM

    Reality is, with Al Davis passing away the Pats cant fleece anyone to take old players/overpriced guys off their hands and give them draft pics. It’s over Bill/Robert.

  96. jvibottomline says: Mar 13, 2014 3:37 PM

    Sounds like he would like to go to a team that actually can win a Super Bowl

  97. patriotsarespygaters says: Mar 13, 2014 3:37 PM

    They where 10-4 without him though we’ll see belichick back up plan now

  98. bobman2 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:38 PM

    The curse of BadLipReading… he wants to go to a team that doesn’t have gum on the benches. (Of course Carson Palmer is still looking for that owl)

  99. 202folife says: Mar 13, 2014 3:41 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him leave the whole AFC east. Hell, the Dolphins ain’t been able to block this dude in ten years. Good riddance!

  100. janvanflac says: Mar 13, 2014 3:43 PM

    Jason Peters tore his achilles twice, then came back and made All-Pro. I wouldn’t rule out big Vince.

  101. doctormantistoboggan says: Mar 13, 2014 3:43 PM

    They should pump him full of helium and float him over Gillette stadium before home games.

  102. finsblood13 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:46 PM

    Welcome to South Beach!!

  103. ytsejamer1 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:46 PM

    Moving on will be good for both parties in this regard:

    1. The Pats spending $7m something for DT is a mistake in the NFL today. That type of money is spent at other positions…ie, passrusher, shut-down CB (CHECK!), big WR, etc. The next guy on my to-do list would be Mankins. $10.5m for a guard? Stupid…regardless of how good he is.

    2. Brady took a couple of cuts so that guys like Wilfork and others could get paid… #75 didn’t do the same, paying it forward so to speak. While I’m not thrilled that Wilfork wouldn’t agree to an extension to lower his base (assuming that was part of the discussions between him and the team), I don’t blame him for wanting to get whatever he thinks he deserves. He’s been in the trenches and is one helluva football player and an even better person in the community. If he wants to take his talents elsewhere, good for him. I will always hold him in high regard for his time with the Pats.

  104. pats1977 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:48 PM

    Use the money to bring in Melton, Peppers, Tuck, Browner etc. Sealver Siligia played well last year but the Patriots will have over 18 million dollars in cap space if they grant Wilfork is release. They’ll have a ton of money to improve.
    I share your sentiment. The defense has ranked at the bottom of the league with the same guys for over 4 years. Time for a change. Release him along with arrington and scrubovich and bring in Peppers, Allen and Browner (SS). Our starting D would look like this:
    Jones, Armstead, Peppers, Allen
    Collins, Hightower, Mayor
    Revis, Browner, McCourty, Dennard

  105. wrdtoyrmama says: Mar 13, 2014 3:48 PM


    Wha? No thanks, we got “Snacks” and for less than 1/25th of what Wilfork makes against the cap…..

  106. sens101 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:48 PM

    Indy pick him up! you have the cap space and he is worth the risk! if he is in shape it could help stop the run…..maybe!

  107. flash1283 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:48 PM

    Already 101 comments ever notice when there there is a thread about the patriots all the haters come out if they can take a jab at NE. It’s called jealousy

    Vince was paid 32 million of a 40 million dollar contract and now in the last year they are asking him to restructure so the don’t take an 11 million dollar cap hit(SOMTHING EVERY TEAM DOES) but when the patriots do it it’s because they are cheap.

    We call this HATER logic.

  108. ajsjr40 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:52 PM

    While Vince has been a great player the current NFL and his age have proven to be his achilles. You just can’t take an $11.0M+ cap hit for a run stuffing DT. It is all about pressuring the QB and as a Pats fan I would rather see someone who can move Peyton off his mark.

  109. ijahru says: Mar 13, 2014 3:59 PM

    He talked like this last time his contract was an issue. He played the disrespect card then got his payday. I love me some Vince but the fact of the matter is you can’t say you lived up to your end of the contract when you spent the last year on the bench and still got paid. I see nothing wrong or dis-respectful about the Patriots asking for a restructure. Throw on a couple more years at a 7 million a year average and go play ball.

  110. axespray says: Mar 13, 2014 4:00 PM

    Dude is an old nose tackle – getting a pay cut, he’d still make more money with the Patriots then with free agency.

    Just ask Raji who turned down 8 mil per year last year.

  111. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 13, 2014 4:04 PM

    “He’s scheduled to make a base salary of $7.5 million this year, and count $11.6 million against the salary cap.”

    And he thinks he is going to do better than that elsewhere if he is released? A 34 year old run stuffer coming off an achilles would be lucky to get half of that.

  112. flash1283 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:05 PM

    The ravens just did the exact same things with Suggs and nobody called them “cheap”. Patriots do the same thing and here come the crybabies.

  113. pastabelly says: Mar 13, 2014 4:07 PM

    I love Vince, but $7.5M isn’t realistic. He’d get $5M on the open market and maybe that makes sense for him. The team may want to get more athletic up front and sign Jarred Allen to a cheaper deal.

  114. pedmeg says: Mar 13, 2014 4:08 PM

    Its always easy to repeat the mantra “NFL is a business…bottomline” when it’s one of the other 31 teams in the league.

    But it will be tough as a Patriots fan to see Mr. Wilfork part ways with the franchise.

    Stay classy #75 – will miss what you brought to the team on the field and off.

  115. coastiejoe says: Mar 13, 2014 4:08 PM

    Houston makes the most sense to me considering he played for Romeo back in the day and the Texans are without a nose tackle

  116. neilbarne says: Mar 13, 2014 4:11 PM

    we’ll gladly take him in Indy.

  117. laxman1944 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:15 PM


  118. bushwoodcc says: Mar 13, 2014 4:16 PM

    I always laugh when I see a Jags fan trying to taunt Pats fans by calling the Pats failures for losing in the AFCG or Super Bowl.

    Sure it sucks see the team you follow losing that last game of season…but I’d rather my team still be playing in mid January than out of the hunt in October.

  119. dlk47823 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:19 PM

    He still gets prorated bonus of 4.2 million if they cut him, with 6 million cap hit. And get nothing back.

  120. truths4all says: Mar 13, 2014 4:23 PM

    Be careful for what you wish, especially if you pay him big guaranteed bucks.

    I can see it now. Wilfork goes to the Steelers for a huge guaranteed contract and tying up huge amounts of cap space. He then blows out his other Achilles or a knee ending up on the IR.

    Instead of it could happen, it is likely to happen with an older heavyset guy.

  121. EJ says: Mar 13, 2014 4:24 PM

    Wilfork is not worth as much as he makes, period.
    He is only there to eat up blocks and free up teammates. He is good against the run, but is horrible against the pass. As the game wears on you start to see him lag and go a 1/4 the speed as he did in the 1st quarter. He is just not worth the
    cap space he eats up.

  122. hehateme2 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:25 PM

    Yea, the patriot way sure isn’t holding up these days… wonder why?

    Remember ***

  123. vaphinfan says: Mar 13, 2014 4:25 PM

    He won’t be as good if he plays for a team that doesn’t cheat.

  124. weepingjebus says: Mar 13, 2014 4:28 PM

    Love the guy, nothing bad to say about him. But even Brady didn’t get market from the Patriots. Not breaking the bank is the tradeoff you get for all those MNF appearances, and year after year of playoffs.

  125. scw1993 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:33 PM

    So many jealous, hating fans of other teams. No matter what happens, no matter who signs with which team, N.E. contends, year in, and year out.

  126. melikefootball says: Mar 13, 2014 4:39 PM

    How refreshing to see another player stand up against Billicheat and the darlings of the East.

  127. jasonculhane says: Mar 13, 2014 4:43 PM

    So while team won’t be throwing on them, most certainly they will be running the ball at will against them..

  128. annes22 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:49 PM

    Come back to Miami Vince where all your fans are. We could use you.

  129. brazzz01 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:52 PM

    “The Patriots are the gold standard franchise in the NFL”
    —Shannon Sharpe

    I think he knows what he’s talking about. 5 AFC Championships in 8 appearances in the Brady/Belichick era. 3 Super Bowl titles. Winners of more Super Bowls in the last 20 years than any other team in the NFL.


  130. millims10 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:55 PM

    you were paid all last year just to play 4 games…why did you not give your checks for 12 weeks back or restructure your contract last yr cos u were hurt.ALL they asking you is a fair favor cos u played less for all u earned last yr and you are a big hit to the cap this yr so they cant sign good player if you dont,,be fair cos they were fair to you las yr

  131. vegasgreek says: Mar 13, 2014 4:56 PM

    Now he can sign with the 49’ers or Seahawks as a role player for a couple of seasons . If worse comes to worse he can sign with the Dolphins because he played at the U.

  132. whatjusthapped says: Mar 13, 2014 4:59 PM

    Most fans don’t understand the locker room dynamics, the fact that every player knows what their teammates are being paid and it gets emotional at times when you feel you are being underpaid.

    That’s the problem in paying Revis the big bucks, it sets this tidal wave into motion and Vince ends up feeling slighted. Granted, he probably won’t make any more money by signing with another NFL team but for sure, he is not going to stay in NE where they haven’t won a Superbowl since the NFL took away their cameras and their advantage.

  133. gisellichek says: Mar 13, 2014 5:06 PM

    One other point… at some point the NFL players association has to bear all of the blame for these situations… the owners hold all the cards, have all the leverage, and these NFL contracts are a joke.

    Did Vince really think he was going to get all the way to the end of this current contract??? (seriously?)

    Vince… even Brady had to restructure!!!

  134. sportsnut101 says: Mar 13, 2014 5:09 PM

    Just release him then
    He will get mill this yr especially if ware got paid he was worse n he played

    Pats only have 3 yr window left so yes they can win afc east again
    But they have no wr still. Gronk will be injured again

  135. tangysizzl says: Mar 13, 2014 5:10 PM

    The Packers have a gapping hole at NT right now, wonder if they’d be interested in Wilfork?

  136. pantsfreezone says: Mar 13, 2014 5:13 PM

    The Patriot Way means come play for us until we make the mistake of thinking you are no longer necessary and then we won’t honor our contracts because we are cheap and have zero loyalty.

  137. 0zymandius says: Mar 13, 2014 5:14 PM

    Dearly love Big Vince. He’s been a rock for us for plenty of years, but a 33 year old nose tackle with a bad wheel isn’t worth what he’s on the books for.

    My personal preference? Release him and take that cash and go after Rodgers-Cromartie. The Patriots handled the rest of the AFC last season (primarily WITHOUT Vince), but couldn’t keep up with the Broncos passing attack. Give me another strong, experienced cornerback or safety, with some money left over to try and make Edelman happy.

    Happy Trails, Vince. Thanks for the memories, but it’s time to move on.

  138. pats777 says: Mar 13, 2014 5:15 PM

    Trade him to the Jags. He has always talked about riding off into the Florida sunset. Problem is he won’t pass any team’s physical with a half healed Achilles. Sorry Big Vince, but your time is up.

  139. cranespy says: Mar 13, 2014 5:27 PM

    We do not want to lose Vince but Vince knows that he is now a risk with that Achilles …… I hope he quits listening to the Little Woman long enough to come to his senses and restructure…..he knows his value….he knows how the Pats feel about him …… he also knows that they can’t take that cap hit…..Vince has always been a common sense company man (ok….there was that 1 year) …. a man of character who will someday be a Defensive Line coach for the Pats…….don’t react out of emotion Vince….think this through and see the BIG PICTURE…. restructure you will get exactly what you are due just in a different formula… a different time frame….YOU ARE A PATRIOT FOR LIFE…..don’t blow this.

  140. tedmurph says: Mar 13, 2014 5:30 PM

    Wilfork has been a great Patriot, on and off the field. I can see this from both sides, but I think the Pats are more in the right. Pats did put him thru the ringer on his last contract, however, he signed for 40 mil and collected 32. That includes 6.5 last yr when he played poorly for only 4 gms. He also had a poor gm in the 2012 AFC Championship gm. He’s coming off an achilles, has always had problems with his weight and will turn 33 during next season. Pats were right to ask him to take a cut, Vince has every right to stand his ground. I just hope at this late juncture, when a lot of guys have been signed, both parties have contingency plan and it works out for everyone.

  141. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 13, 2014 5:44 PM

    Difficult to understand how a 31-yr old NT coming off an Achilles tendon injury, apparently feels he’s being slighted by playing for a 7.5 mil base salary…and with a team and city that he’s had a decade’s worth of history with? Has to be ego, I would think…

  142. azarkhan says: Mar 13, 2014 5:48 PM

    I like the Patriots but I hate their lack of loyalty to their players. Plus I can’t believe they signed Revi$ and let Talib walk.

  143. beachsidejames says: Mar 13, 2014 6:00 PM

    Pats lo-balled him when he 1st signed it and now want to cheap their way out of paying him. Thats how they do you…its the patriots way.

  144. war27 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:05 PM

    I think he knows he’s not going to make that elsewhere. I think he is proving a point here.

    He’s made enough money to tell the Patriots to stick it. He watched players leave, he played his heart out and remained loyal.

    In the end maybe he sacrifices a few mil but will feel much better going somewhere he is truely wanted.

  145. lanman11 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:09 PM

    This is far from over. If the Revis deal is the issue, Wilfork has to realize it’s a one year thing, and it plugs a hole that Wilfork also needs plugged if he wants to win a championship. Unlike Revis, Wilfork would get a multi year deal and some security, albeit not at the high numbers he is at now. This happens with just about everyone that stays with a team. Wilfork would normally get more money from another team, but the injury changes that. It’s not like he won’t get good money. I hope they work it out. He is one of those guys that you want to retire in the same uniform.

  146. lifeimitatesfootball says: Mar 13, 2014 6:15 PM

    Yes the Pats will win AFC East again this year. Big deal, and they’ll do it without Vince Wilfork, because the Pats are great at reloading (In fact they may be the best ever at it), and yes as long as BB and Brady are in NE they will be in playoffs…enjoy it now, Pats fans, because once Brady retires (and hence BB retires as well…he’s nothing without Brady and he knows it), then the Pats, who pretty much sucked from 1960 to 2001 (40 years), will have had 15 years of greatness, then go back to sucking. When Dolphins lost Shula they began the slow slide down that really hasn’t let up, so when they lose BB and Brady, it’ll be another sucking sound downwards.

  147. bigbamboom1 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:18 PM

    Tough situation for big Vince and the Patriots. Trust me. We’ll be having the exact same conversation in 2-3 years about the immortal Tom Brady. Players rarely know when they are deep into the last quarter tank of the car. And teams don’t much care after they have exhausted most of the gas. Sometimes things just exhaust their life cycles together. And that may be the case here. You can find guys like Vinnie in every round of the draft. But you will be hard pressed to find his enormous heart and grit. I hope both sides figure out a way to work this out. And make him a Patriot lifer from the glory years.

  148. wat627 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:20 PM

    Hey! Vince,
    We would love to have you in Atlanta, that is Falcons.
    You are welcomed with open arms. There is no shortage of waffle houses here or Varsity. What da have!!!

  149. bencoates57 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:24 PM

    Does any of this smoke-filled coffeehouse chatter really matter? Half the team will be sidelined with an injury by week 6.

  150. Deb says: Mar 13, 2014 6:51 PM

    Come to Pittsburgh?!? Much respect to Wilfork, but I don’t want a 31-year-old coming off a torn Achilles who’s not willing to restructure from $7.5 million and an $11.6 million cap hit.

    Can’t believe he’s not willing to work out something with New England.

  151. wnstonchill says: Mar 13, 2014 6:51 PM

    The CHICAGO BEARS need you Vince!!! Your the piece to the defensive line that’s needed to be competetive next year. C’mon, let’s do this!!!

  152. pftfan says: Mar 13, 2014 6:55 PM

    31 y/o Pro Bowler coming off achilles tear = OMG washed up, cut him!

    29 y/o Pro Bowler coming ACL tear = OMG Super Bowl Champs!!

  153. jchipwood says: Mar 13, 2014 6:55 PM

    No one wants to be part of that sinking ship unless its for money.

  154. vikesarebests says: Mar 13, 2014 6:56 PM

    Couldn’t make on my vikes! He would beat everyone up and we don’t like tough guys, just little sissies. Sorry Vince only wusses alound on Vikes SKOL

  155. truetrue85 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:58 PM

    Bill Belichick has always said he’d rather cut/trade a veteran a year too early than keep them a year too long. Big Vince has been dealing with foot/ankle issues the past few seasons and last year something finally snapped. Kobe Bryant couldn’t come right back from a torn achilles in a no contact sport, what makes anybody think a 300+ lb DT will? I love Wilfork, even have his jersey, but he’s just not worth 11.5 mil at this stage of his career and Sealver Siliga filled in for him quite nicely all the way to the AFC championship at a fraction of the cost. I wish big Vince well in his future endeavors and will most likely be seeing him in Foxborough next season sporting either Jet green or Bronco orange.

  156. basedrum777 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:24 PM

    He wants to go home to Miami.

  157. beachsidejames says: Mar 13, 2014 7:25 PM

    They will try to do the same thing to brady at some point but I think tom’s too smart for that. He will retire before they abuse him too.

  158. basedrum777 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:28 PM

    Pats fans on here sound as entitled as the Steelers fans who clog up these pages with their stupidity. Your franchise was the browns until they started drafting players like Wilfork and now you want to toss him away like he’s garbage. There aren’t 3 nosetackles in football that have his skillset and yet he’s “replaceable through the draft” (as was said above by a Pats fan). GTFO. If he was “replaceable” through the draft then BB would’ve done it instead of giving him 7.5m a year.

  159. marima07 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:50 PM

    “It’s mind boggling how cheap the Patriots are.”

    Really? Name me one other team paying that much money to their nose tackle.

  160. tigerlilac says: Mar 13, 2014 8:00 PM

    “Your franchise was the browns (sic) until they started drafting players like Wilfork and now you want to toss him away like he’s garbage. ”

    The Patriots won three Super Bowls without Vince and went to two others without him. They actually traded a potential Hall-Of-Famer in Richard Seymour so they could commit to Vince long-term. Asking a guy to restructure a cap heavy contract is as common as it gets in today’s NFL (see Terrell Suggs). Did the Ravens treat Suggs like “garbage?

    How many of you find it hard to sift through the inane comments to get to the ones worth reading.

  161. beachsidejames says: Mar 13, 2014 8:03 PM

    Wilfork has been the defensive face of the Patroit franchise for about 10 years. Patriot players that give their all like Richard Seymore, Wes Welker, Vince Wilfork all get screwed by this team in the end.

  162. 1historian says: Mar 13, 2014 8:14 PM

    He’s toast. His age, achilles injury at the age of 32, 10 years in the trenches and his weight – he’s gone.

    NE – Belichik – is as ruthless as they come when it comes to this kind of situation, and that is one of the main reasons why they have been so successful for so long. He should have kept his mouth shut and restructured.

    It’s a business.

  163. rhemish says: Mar 13, 2014 8:44 PM

    Come to Oakland perfect fit

  164. muleski says: Mar 13, 2014 9:38 PM

    He will turn 33 mid-season.
    It’s pretty well known that he’s a lot closer to 400lbs than 325lbs.
    He’s coming back from an injury that’s real serious for a guy of his size.
    Playing in today’s NFL, he’s a very ineffective pass rusher, and they’ll trade off the run stuff for the pass rush. They have to.
    He runs out of gas early second half, which he did not 2-3 years ago.
    This is a “must fix” in terms of restructuring his deal, and lowering the $11.5Mil cap hit.
    He’s not going be paid close to $7.5 Mil elsewhere.

    He’s getting a LOT of really poor advice, from whomever he’s talking to. Dumb pride? IMO, he’s making a big mistake.

    He obviously forgets the Pats trading Seymour to free up the cash for his $40Mil deal.

    If he doesn’t come around, would they trade him, even if they got a conditional 7th? Control where he goes?

  165. kappy32 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:48 PM

    Simple solution to the big hole in the middle of the defense: Do EVERYTHING necessary to draft Louis Nix III in the 1st round of the draft. Nix is the prototypical NG in a 3-4 & he is basically Vince Wilfork minus a decade in years & millions in dollars. Almost all mock drafts have him second to Timmy Jernigan from FSU in DT’s, but I think Nix would be a better fit than Jernigan in a strict 3-4 like NE. Nix reminds me a lot of two other players that have made significant impacts at NG right out of college: Haloti Ngata & Casey Hampton. Nix is the type of guy who can take up two blockers at the line & leave the LBs open to make the play. He also has surprising speed & agility for a guy his size & could be good for 7-8 sacks per season. If I were the Pats, I would use some of my stockpiled picks to trade up for Nix (it’ll only be 5-6 spots) because he is the PERFECT guy if they let Wilfork go. Once he’s gone, there are no other like him in this year’s draft (Jernigan will go before Nix). The other option is to trade Wilfork & use some of the savings to sign BJ Raji. However, the Pats still need to lock up Edelman & sign another WR like Hakeem Nicks & I don’t think they will have the cap space, even after moving Wilfork, to land all 3 FA’s. Then again, the Pats 1st rounder would be better used on another pass catching TE so they could go back to their unstoppable 2 TE sets, as well as adding depth behind the oft-injured Gronk who is coming off serious knee surgery. The kid Ebron from UNC would be a perfect pick for them in the first. If the Pats are forced to go Nix in the first round, they could still get a solid offensive TE in Troy Niklas in the second round, granted they don’t have to give up their second rounder to trade up for Nix.

    I am not even a Pats fan, but I LOVE this time of the year.

  166. nodindenver says: Mar 13, 2014 10:32 PM

    VW is the heart and soul of New England. I would love for him him to go someplace for less $ than the Pats want him to restructure to. Bill is stepping on the wrong toes with a guy who has been rock solid in the middle for a long time. Patriots are going to need somebody to shut off the lights and it is looking more and more like Brady.

  167. terripet says: Mar 13, 2014 10:33 PM

    He knows the Pats are done

  168. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 13, 2014 10:35 PM

    don’t know if you guys know this, but he still has 5-6 months to heal the injury

  169. campcouch says: Mar 13, 2014 11:01 PM

    Pats are cheap. They plug and play and have good seasons,but their SB run was done with a core of great players. Now they sign guys to incentive laden contracts or cheaply and hope the dude goes all out in the hopes of receiving a big pay day. When he does,they offer him some lame contract. I’m sure Kraft and the Pats are doing quite well financially,but he refuses to cough up any coin for receivers or his BB gives one guy 12 mil for a year tryout. Maybe it’s time to hire an actual GM to swing deals.

  170. beachsidejames says: Mar 13, 2014 11:18 PM

    Ruthless is pretty accurate when it comes to Belichick. Wilfork isn’t wanting out because Belchick has his back. For Wilfork its hard to be all warm and fuzzy when your feeling the sting of the knife Bill just planted in your back.

  171. jetfan74 says: Mar 14, 2014 6:49 AM

    Really? Name me one other team paying that much money to their nose tackle.

    There is a rather large man in Baltimore that makes an avg of 12 mill on his current deal!!!! For all the T Sizzle references, you people do realize he was set to be a UFA and they did a deal so he could retire a Raven. 2 sides agreeing on a fair price. For those gifting the division to the Pats, you might want to look in the mirror. The other 3 teams give them all they can handle, where the rest of the league bows down except for the Ravens.

  172. dfco74 says: Mar 14, 2014 8:46 AM

    Get some revenge and play for the best dline ine the NFL. NYJ!!!!

  173. sbchampsagain says: Mar 14, 2014 10:09 AM

    Just for laughs I’d love see him go to Baltimore.
    Doom and Suggs on the outside.
    Ngata and Wilfork in the inside.

    That would be fun to watch.

  174. toonloonboon says: Mar 14, 2014 12:07 PM

    the last white castle closed in ne

  175. cptbuff says: Mar 14, 2014 2:14 PM

    “The Patriots are the gold standard franchise in the NFL”
    —Shannon Sharpe

    I think he knows what he’s talking about. 5 AFC Championships in 8 appearances in the Brady/Belichick era. 3 Super Bowl titles. Winners of more Super Bowls in the last 20 years than any other team in the NFL.



    Maybe 10 years ago. But if they were the “gold standard franchise” in the NFL, why is it that the “greatest QB” and “greatest coach” of all time haven’t won a Super Bowl in 9 years, while the Steelers (twice), Colts, Giants (twice), Saints, Packers, Ravens, and Seahawks have all been winning. If being the “gold standard” is all you care about, then that’s fine, but I’d rather my team started following the lead of those teams and actually winning, versus being the greatest team who can’t win the big one.

    If any other team went 110-34 in 9 years without winning a Super Bowl, all the talk would be about how they crumble under pressure. As a Bills fan, we’re regularly mocked for LOSING 4 Super Bowls in a row, instead of applauded for GOING to 4 in a row. So sure, from 01-04, the Pats were the greatest, but from 05-14…you guys are just tied for 8th with the rest of the league with 0 Super Bowl wins, and you lost twice to Eli.

  176. doggeatdogg says: Mar 14, 2014 3:49 PM

    He should call up and commiserate with Richard Seymour. This is how New England rolls.

  177. cptbuff says: Mar 14, 2014 7:33 PM

    The Raiders have won as many Super Bowls since the Seymour trade as the Patriots.

  178. pondbridge says: Mar 15, 2014 6:13 AM

    These negotiations with Big Vince tend to be shrill and very public– that’s what happens when your wife overplays her hand and acts as your unofficial agent. BB has always believed in a strong nose-tackle, and now with a strengthened secondary, it becomes even more important as Pats can play more 3- D taking advantage of Collins and Ninko at LB. Look for Parts to trade up to get Notre Dame’s Nix, with Tommy Kelly or BJ Raji (ex-BC, the next FA signee) holding the fort. A nightmare scenario for Pats fans though is Wilfork on the Jets. Even on one leg, he’s still good enough to wreck at least one game.

  179. robert831 says: Mar 15, 2014 12:21 PM

    Wow, Bill you really are an arse. Wilfork is the top Pat besides the obvious Brady. This man is your best player on defense by a long shot. I would way rather have Vince a true differance makers and team players than Mevis any day. Wilfork is worth several wins alone, he ties up two blockers easily on every play, these guys are more rare than QBs!

  180. robert831 says: Mar 15, 2014 12:22 PM

    11 million for him is a bargain! He is so much more valuable than Meivs its not even funny. Good fronts make good secondaries, not the other way around. How’d it work out in Tampa last year…

  181. diealreadyralphwilson says: Mar 15, 2014 1:47 PM

    Amazing how ruthless and realpolitik Americans have become, drinking the team’s PR Kool-Aid, dismissing veteran players who can be released when injured with no stability, no guaranteed contract. I’m sure all the “good riddance” commentary was posted by the same fools crying about the greedy players union during the lockout. Wake up America, it’s , the wealthy vs the rest of us, Wilfork may now be well-off, but Kraft and sure is.
    Also, Achilles or not plenty of mammoth NTs have lasted 12-15 years – Ted Washington, Gilbert Brown, Pat Williams.
    Also Tuck Fom Brady.

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