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NFL: NE Patriots Agree to 3-Year, $22.5 M Deal for DT Vince Wilfork
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NFL: NE Patriots Agree to 3-Year, $22.5 M Deal for DT Vince Wilfork

Mar 28 2014, 2:26am CDT | by

The New England Patriots agreed to a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension for defensive tackle Vince Wilfork on March 27.

The New England Patriots agreed to a three-year deal for defensive tackle Vince Wilfork on March 27.  Andy Hart of the Patriots' official website reports the new contract will keep Wilfork in New...

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NFL: NE Patriots Agree to 3-Year, $22.5 M Deal for DT Vince Wilfork

Mar 28 2014, 2:26am CDT | by

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The New England Patriots agreed to a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension for defensive tackle Vince Wilfork on March 27.

The New England Patriots agreed to a three-year deal for defensive tackle Vince Wilfork on March 27. 

Andy Hart of the Patriots' official website reports the new contract will keep Wilfork in New England through 2016: 

"Vince Wilfork and the Patriots have reached an agreement on a new contract that could keep the Pro Bowl defensive tackle in New England through 2016. 

"After a few successful weeks that included reports of Wilfork asking for his release and angrily cleaning out his locker at Gillette Stadium, the two sides came to terms on a reported three-year deal totaling $22.5 million that will run through the 2016 season. 

"Wilfork had been set to have an $11.6 million cap figure for the Patriots in 2014, the final year of the five-year extension the former first-round pick had previously signed in New England, that included a $7.6 million salary that was apparently deemed too much for a 30-plus-year-old defensive tackle coming off a major injury."

Field Yates of ESPN Boston breaks down Wilfork's new deal further, citing his colleague and ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, who spoke with a league source.

"The new deal is for one year and $8 million, with $3 million guaranteed, the source said. It also has an option for two more years that could bring the total value to $22.5 million." 

Wilfork, who requested the Patriots release him several weeks ago, tweeted his sentiments on his restructured deal on March 28.  

"It's been hard to remain quiet and let things take its course but it has been the best thing to do. Negotiations are never easy especially when you have a 10 year history with a team and more importantly relationships

"For those who have supported me I thank you, for those who have called me every name in the book I thank you too. My intentions have never changed 10 years ago my goal was to retire a patriot and as I sit here typing this I am closer to achieving my goal.

"I look forward to getting back to football and helping my team compete and have a chance at winning a Super Bowl." 

USA Today's Jim Corbett and Brent Sobleski chimed in on the repercussions of Wilfork playing for the Patriots for another three years.

"By retaining Wilfork, the Patriots not only keep one of the league's best nose tackles and a leader on their defense, but they also have more flexibility in May's NFL draft. 

"The Patriots won't need to find a replacement for Wilfork in the early rounds. Instead, the organization can consider other players such as Louisiana Tech's Justin Ellis, Cal's DeAndre Coleman or Tennessee's Daniel McCullers later in the draft to groom behind Wilfork." 

The 32-year-old Wilfork is entering his 11th NFL season and has amassed 469 tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries and two interceptions, per ESPN stats

 

 
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