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

Report: Vince Wilfork Could Have Made More On The Open Market, Chose To Stay For Less

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

Earlier today it was reported by Adam Schefter that Vince Wilfork had restructured his deal, so he could remain with the Patriots.

Schefter later reported that Wilfork could have made more on the open market, but decided to stay with the Pats despite the pay cut.

Wilfork is a terrific football player, but he might be an even better person. You won’t find a lot of professional football players that would do something like this, especially a player as talented as Wilfork. I am sure Pats fans across the country are ecstatic that the big man will be in Foxboro for the 2014 season.


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  • Pats_Gnome

    This is what I wanted to happen. A few weeks ago when it broke that he wanted to be released, I wrote how I could not understand the current day athlete. I wrote how LT Bruce Armstrong’s skills were diminishing, similar to Wilforks. But Armstrong kept signing one and two year contracts to stay with the Patriots. Because Armstrong did this, I will never forget him.
    Smart move Vince

  • Amar S.

    How much cap room did this free up?

    • Paul V. Suffriti

      3.6 M if Wilfork makes all the incentives. He can make up to 8M with 3M guaranteed.

  • Paul V. Suffriti

    …not so sure that Wilfork had much interest from other teams. He missed most of 2013 with a severe injury for a player weighing 370+ lbs. and he looked mediocre in those first 4 games. Teams were not going to give Wilfork a big contract without knowing he could play at a high effective level for a full season. Wilfork made the right choice restructuring his contract with the Pats….good deal for both parties.

    • Amar S.

      Agree with this. Hopefully he bounces back 110%. Now we just gotta release Connoly and Adrian Wilson to free up more cap room