Vince Wilfork taking his time on retirement decision

Getty Images

Longtime NFL defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is unsigned and has appeared content with all he’s accomplished on the field, but he’s not ready to say that he’s retired just yet.

Wilfork said today on PFT Live that he will take his time on deciding whether to retire and hasn’t decided when he’ll either sign with a team or make it official that he’s done.

“I’m taking everything I can take to make sure I’m 100 percent certain on whatever decision I make,” Wilfork said. “However long it’s going to take it will take. It’s the reason I haven’t signed anything yet, because I want to see what it is, how I feel.”

The 35-year-old Wilfork has started every game but one over the last three seasons, so there’s little doubt that he’s still capable of playing. But he’d need to settle for less than the two-year, $9 million contract he played on for the Texans over the last two seasons, and he may decide he’d rather just call it a career.

27 responses to “Vince Wilfork taking his time on retirement decision

  1. Heck of a player, a great locker room guy and by all accounts an even better man. Whatever road he chooses I wish him nothing but well

  2. Do whatever you want Big Guy…you deserve it. Come back to New England for a farewell tour!!!

  3. Belichick decided Vince should retire 2 years ago:-
    2014 – 47 combined tackles for NE (plus an INT)
    2015 – 22 combined for Hou
    2016 – 21 combined for Hou
    And he hadn’t sacked anyone since 2012. I love Big Vince (one of my favorites and a complete gentleman) and I’m sure he could get onto the field for another year if he really wanted… But please hang ’em up Big Guy, protect those knees and brain cells and become a great line-coach/mentor.

  4. “Few players reached or will ever reach the special level of Vince Wilfork. He is a great champion and one of the classiest people I have ever been around — just a kind, genuine and giving person who was all about our team, football, winning and bringing joy to others. There may have never been anyone at his position with as much strength, toughness, intelligence, instinctiveness and athleticism. He is the best defensive lineman I ever coached, and all-time great Patriot whose place on our team will be missed but whose remarkable career as a Patriot will be remembered forever.” — Coach Belichick, 2015

  5. Will he be pondering retirement at a Golden Coral buffet?

    Retire and lose some weight bro, you don’t look healthy for a professional athlete.

  6. Dude, we love ya, but it’s time. BB saw you getting pushed back a lot in 2014 in single blocks, and it was over 2 years ago.

    Now, it’s really time.

    Save your head and lose some weight, maybe go into broadcasting, as it would be a perfect match.

  7. Vince should sign a swan song 1 year veteran minimum with the Patriots. No camp, no preseason and play in situational defensive packages and help the Patriots get their 6th ring.

  8. I’d much rather see him hang em up as opposed to getting cut, of which there is a fair chance. O’Brien might not be as ruthless as BB, but he’s had to see Vince was no more than a rotational/depth option in terms of contribution last 2 seasons.

  9. He’s not going to “get cut”. Some of you are so naive. The whole reason why he’s “contemplating retirement” while under contract is so he doesn’t get cut.

    How old are some of you anyway?

  10. I’m a little scared for him once he does retire…what will his weight balloon to once he stop playing and how will this effect his health?

    “Nearly 70% of American adults are either overweight or obese. Being obese puts you at a higher risk for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and more.” –

    Hope he takes care of himself and cuts at least 100#’s.

  11. toybkshr says:
    May 18, 2017 10:22 AM
    I’d much rather see him hang em up as opposed to getting cut, of which there is a fair chance. O’Brien might not be as ruthless as BB, but he’s had to see Vince was no more than a rotational/depth option in terms of contribution last 2 seasons.

    There is no chance of O’Brien cutting Wilfork, he is a free agent.

  12. I worry about Vince’s personal health after football. I would hope that he would lose a lot of that weight and become healthier.

  13. I’m not a Houston or NE fan, but I really got a kick (literally) at seeing him kicking field goals on Hard Knox.
    Seems like an all around great guy! Wishing you the best.

  14. Great player and a good person but its probably time to call it a career and move on to the next stage of life. Nothing lasts forever including football careers.

  15. As big as he is he doesn’t have much time to live.

    What a disgusting player this one is – nasty and part of the infamous cheaters.

  16. Or, keep in playing condition and wait for the inevitable injuries that happen during a season, and play the last half of the season for a contender.

  17. Why do people keep saying he’s going to “get cut”? His contract has run out in Houston, he’s contemplating retirement, but no one is going to sign him to cut him, out of respect for his career.

    Hence, it’s very likely he’s done and he hasn’t realized it yet.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!