New England Patriots defensive captain Vince Wilfork has decided to remain with the team and restructure his contract. According to a report by Boston.com on March 26, Wilfork and the Patriots have reportedly close to a new 3-year deal.
After the defensive tackle demanded to be released from the team as a result of a pay cut, Patriots owner Robert Kraft stated publicly that he was hopeful that the two sides could come to an agreement that will be beneficial for the team and keep Wilfork a part of the team and the community. Wilfork broke his silence via Twitter, stating that steps are in place for him to retire a Patriot and help the team bring another Super Bowl trophy to Foxboro.
“It’s been hard to remain quiet and let things take its course but it has been the best thing to do,” Wilfork wrote. “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.”
Wilfork remaining with the team took priority once the team made a splash in free agency that, on paper, has improved their defense. A healthy and happy Vince Wilfork is a necessary ingredient to the Patriots building a championship caliber defense. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the restructured contract is worth $22 million over the next three years.
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