The New England Patriots Should Cut Vince Wilfork?

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Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) smiles on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

1. Vince Is Flat-Out Cut

If the big man is released because he wouldn’t take less money, the Patriots will have to be fine with going into 2014 with the likes of Alan Branch, Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones, and the forgotten man: Dominqiue Easley. Branch is currently a free agent, but if Wilfork is cut, the Pats will make sure he returns in 2015.

Honestly, when I look at that group on the inside, I’m quite alright with them, especially when you consider how cheap they will come. Of course then there is always the possibility New England invests a high draft pick in a defensive tackle, which would only boost their interior talent. I am particularly excited to see how Easley looks next season.

2. Vince Takes Pay-Cut, Sees Workload Decreased

For such a big guy, Wilfork played an insane amount last year: 802 snaps in the regular season to be exact. This dude worked his butt off all year, and was an integral cog in New England’s defensive machine. However if he comes back next year, I can’t imagine he plays nearly as much.

Wilfork is getting up there in age, and while he is still a dominant run defender, keeping him fresh is important at this stage in his career. With him taking a slightly reduced role, the younger Jones and Easley will have to step up big-time.

3. Vince’s Career Ends Ugly

I am praying the two sides don’t let it come to this. Wilfork has been sensational for this organization since 2004, and deserves a completely classy send-off if his time is in fact up. Over the last couple of years there haven’t been many players I have enjoyed watching more than the big man, and I truly hope the Pats show their appreciation for number 75.