NFL Free Agency: Thoughts On Vince Wilfork Signing In Houston


As you probably know by now, former Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork signed with the Texans yesterday, inking a two year, $9 million deal with Houston. I was among those that hoped Wilfork would find his way back to New England for the 2015 season, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be.

Here are a few quick thoughts on the signing:

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1. An All-Time Patriot

In the Bill Belichick era, there have been some ugly departures between the team and beloved players: Lawyer Milloy, Richard Seymour, Randy Moss, and maybe even Wes Welker. I’m not saying I have any less respect for any of these guys, but the way they left was far from ideal. However in this instance, I don’t think it could have gone any smoother. Wilfork will always be a Patriot in our minds, and one of the all time greats at that. His multiple thank yous to the fans and organization show how appreciative he is of the team, and ensures he will never stray from Foxboro.

2. Scary Defensive Line In Houston

On a football note, how about that defensive line in Houston? J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, Jared Crick, and now Wilfork. I think the Rams have secured the title of best defensive line in football, but the Texans aren’t far behind. It will be tough seeing Big Vince in another uniform next year, but with his presence in Houston, along with Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett, I will definitely be tuning in to a few of their games in 2015.

3. Patriots Still Need Depth

As of right now, New England’s defensive line is pretty good, but it could still use some depth on the interior. They have a nice balance from big run stoppers to quicker pass rushers with Alan Branch, Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones, and Dominique Easley, but I feel like they are still one short from being safe from injuries gutting them again. The market is drying up, which may force them to address this need in the draft, although with how deep this particular draft is with defensive lineman and edge rushers, that isn’t necessarily a problem.