Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Patriots Talking With Vince Wilfork, Possible Release?

Dec 23, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork (75) before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the Patriots have been talking with defensive tackle Vince Wilfork about a potential contract restructure.

The New England Patriots have had recent discussions with representatives for defensive tackle Vince Wilfork about altering Wilfork’s contract, according to sources familiar with the talks.

Wilfork’s cap hit for 2014 is set to be $11.6 million, which is ridiculous. Wilfork is a good player, but he isn’t worth that much, especially since he is coming off of a season ending injury. Reiss goes on to say that if the two sides can’t come to an agreement, cutting Wilfork could be an option.

Will the big man return to the run stopping beast he once was? Who knows. He isn’t getting any younger, and as Reiss mentions, before his Achilles injury back in week four, Wilfork wasn’t playing that great. However I believe Wilfork still has a couple more elite years left in him. As long as he is keeping in shape, and he is 100% healthy for training camp, I don’t see why we won’t see that demonstrative force that we have seen for the last nine seasons.

The best scenario would obviously be the two sides coming to a compromise, restructuring his deal, and continue on with the 2014 season. But the NFL is never that simple. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see this turn into a long, drawn out process.

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