Wilfork Stays Put
All-Pro, Pats Reach New Deal
Foxborough, Mass. — Vince Wilfork and the New England Patriots reached an agreement on a new contract that could keep the Pro Bowl defensive tackle in New England through 2016, the team’s website reported Thursday.
The sides came to terms on a reported three-year deal totaling $22.5 million that will run through the 2016 season. ESPN reported the new contract is essentially a one-year, $8 million deal with $3 million guaranteed with an option for two more years.
Wilfork had asked for his release after the team added cornerback Darrelle Revis for two years and $32 million, part of $77 million the team committed to free agents this offseason after losing to the Denver Broncos in the AFC championship game in January.
Wilfork also cleaned out his locker at Gillette Stadium recently. But that’s all in the past now.
“My intentions have never changed 10 years ago my goal was to retire a patriot and as I sit here typing this I am close to achieving that goal,” Wilfork said in a statement posted on his Twitter account. “I look forward to getting back to football and helping my team compete and have a chance at winning a Super Bowl.”
At the bottom of the tweet was a reproduction of the top of a standard NFL Player Contract with his name and that of the New England Patriots.
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.
His $7.6 million salary for 2014 was apparently deemed too much for a 30-plus-year-old defensive tackle coming off a major injury.
Wilfork suffered a torn Achilles in Week 4 last year and was lost for the season. He has been a co-captain the last six seasons and is a five-time Pro Bowl selection.