It wasn’t that long ago the Patriots were taking a hard line with Vince Wilfork, an old guy coming off a dramatic injury with a big price tag.
But after a pay cut and time to heal, he’s back on the field and back in the fold, and aware of what’s in front of him.
“That’s a dead issue. I’m here for a reason,”Wilfork said of what transpired this offseason, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. “If I didn’t believe the things that were brought to me, I wouldn’t have signed it. I’m not upset. I’m not holding any type of grudge. Business is business and everybody handles business in different types of ways.
“In my career, I think the right thing was for me to be up here with my family and teammates, and a staff I’ve been around for so long, and an organization I know. It was a smart decision for me and my family to be here. If we think it wouldn’t work, we wouldn’t be here. That is something that happened a while ago and that’s the first time I’ve actually talked about it. It’s a non-issue.”
That’s a long way from cleaning out his locker, and if he’s well enough to be a factor in the middle of the defense, that will be even bigger.