Dec 2, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) in a game against the Miami Dolphins in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Possibility Vince Wilfork Stays?

Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork (75) during warmups prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Recently it was reported that defensive tackle Vince Wilfork wanted the Patriots to cut him, which instantly sent everybody that cheers for the Pats into a frenzy. But according to Adam Schefter, there is still a possibility he stays in New England.

(Quotes via Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston).

“Revis and Wilfork are completely unrelated. What happened was Vince Wilfork told the Patriots weeks ago, days ago, a long time ago, ‘I am not taking a pay cut, I’m not doing that.’ So now New England is in a situation much like theDallas Cowboys were when DeMarcus Ware said ‘I’m not going to take a pay cut.’

“So you get into these situations where the agent’s got to figure out the player’s value. He’s got to call around and say ‘Hey what’s Vince Wilfork worth to you on the open market? If he were to be free what would you be willing to pay him.’ You get a general idea of what your client would be worth on the open market.”

Schefter explained that Wilfork’s agent would compare the feedback he got from other teams to the restructured deal the Patriots are offering and decide from there the preferred route.

“Right now they’re in a standoff,” Schefter said. “The way it was described to me last night, it’s probably best for Vince Wilfork just to take a step back and we’ll see how the situation plays out. It’s not like we’re going to get an answer on this today. … This is something that is its own negotiation even though he’s under contract.”

So while it is unlikely, there is still a chance that Wilfork will still play for the Patriots in 2014.

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  • Soda Soda

    come on vince, everyone one has restructured their contracts to free up cap space. No more special than anyone else.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Brady and Kelly. That’s it. Vince has earned the right to want money.

  • Cataclysm Bitb

    if he wants to leave I say trade him for some picks

    • Joel Martin

      You mean a pic…right?

  • Joel Martin

    Personally, it’s time to say good bye to VW!
    It’s the best move for the team! He’s older and coming off the most devastating injury for any player. But Vince is a hefty 300 plus Lbs.
    Time to move on and draft a younger player to fill the void.
    besides, it doesn’t sound like he’s willing to work with his salary to aid the team. So cut him, trade him if you can.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Louis Nix III in the draft. Pats have reportedly loved him for two years.

  • anon

    Didn’t melton, a very similar but younger situation to big vince just sign for like 1 yr and 4-5 mil? anyone heard what bb’s offer to VW actually is? His market value is going to be pretty low.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Oh definitely. Makes what Schefter said interesting.

  • Amar S.

    Is there any statistics of the impact Siliga had? We know NE had a 30th rank run defense in the league without Wilfork, but we also know Siliga definitely had a major impact on our D-line. (What I’m basically asking for is a before the run defense with Siliga and an after when Siliga came in).