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Vince Wilfork | Defensive Lineman

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/4/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 325
College: Miami (FL)
Contract: view contract details

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ESPN Boston believes Vince Wilfork is playing at an even higher level than he was before tearing his Achilles'.
Wilfork has dropped some weight and is quicker on his feet. He's played 50 snaps this preseason as an early-down lane clogger. The Patriots need Wilfork to stay healthy, as they enter 2014 with not much experience behind he and Tommy Kelly. New England could field a top-five fantasy defense. Aug 24 - 11:22 AM
Source: ESPN Boston

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Patriots NT Vince Wilfork (Achilles') is practicing without restriction.

Wilfork will likely he held out of some 11-on-11s, but he's full steam ahead for Week 1. That being said, we'd expect him to see very limited action in the preseason. There's simply no reason for the Patriots to take the risk.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 24 - 6:39 PM

Patriots NT Vince Wilfork (Achilles') is on track to be ready for training camp.

Wilfork is participating in individual drills at OTAs and has progressed to some 11-on-11s. He tore his Achilles' in September, but there hasn't been any setbacks. Even if Wilfork misses practice time, his Week 1 status isn't in doubt.
Jun 15 - 3:24 PM

Patriots NT Vince Wilfork (Achilles') is participating in individual drills at OTAs.

Wilfork tore his Achilles' in late September. He's working on the side at OTAs, along with fellow DT Tommy Kelly (ACL). Wilfork is questionable for the start of training camp but should be ready in plenty of time for Week 1. The 32-year-old lane clogger is entering his 11th season with New England.
Jun 6 - 9:13 AM

Updating an earlier item, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Vince Wilfork's "three-year, $22.5 million deal" is essentially a one-year, $8 million contract.

The final two years are option years. As for Wilfork's "$8 million," only $3 million of it is guaranteed. The remaining $5 million is tied up in playing-time incentives, albeit ones Wilfork is expected to reach if he's healthy. It's a good deal for both sides, allowing Wilfork to save face while protecting the Pats in case he hits a speed bump in his recovery from a torn Achilles' tendon.
Mar 27 - 6:05 PM

Patriots agreed to terms with DT Vince Wilfork on a new three-year, $22.5 million contract.

According to's Ian Rapoport, only $3 million is guaranteed, but Wilfork could make up to $8 million in 2014 through incentives. It's a rare happy ending for a veteran in New England after Wilfork reportedly demanded his release earlier this month. Wilfork was upset that the Patriots had asked him to rework the final year of his contract, which called for $7.5 million. Going on 33, Wilfork was limited to four games by a torn Achilles' tendon last season. With the Pats since 2004, it's possible Wilfork won't play out his new contract.
Mar 27 - 5:33 PM

ESPN Boston reports the Patriots and Vince Wilfork "are talking."

It's been two weeks since an apparently angry Wilfork requested his release, but it appears there's been a thaw in the sides' chill. Owner Robert Kraft said Monday he "hopes" Wilfork remains with the team for 2014. That's much more likely than it was two weeks ago.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 25 - 6:19 PM

In addition to requesting his release, the Boston Herald reports an "angry" Vince Wilfork cleaned out his locker and "ripped his name plate off his locker stall" after the Patriots approached him about reworking his contract.

At the time, at least, Wilfork "seemed convinced" he was done in New England. "I sure hope Vince will be with us next year," owner Bob Kraft stated at the NFL league meetings on Monday. Kraft was noncommittal on Wilfork's Patriots future, and it's unclear where negotiations currently stand. "We have to put a team together of over 50 people," Kraft said. "We have a salary cap. In the end, it’s about both parties feeling it’s a good transaction and it’s a win-win. I think that’s what we’re both shooting for."
Mar 24 - 4:16 PM

Patriots owner Robert Kraft "hopes" DT Vince Wilfork remains with the team for 2014.

"I very much hope we get it done, and I believe he very much would like to do it," Kraft said. "We'll see what happens." It's been quiet on the Wilfork front since he reportedly requested his release two weeks ago. That suggests the sides are still talking.
Mar 24 - 1:28 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots DT Vince Wilfork has requested his release.

Due $7.5 million, the Pats had approached Wilfork about restructuring his contract. He clearly didn't like what they were selling, and would rather take his wares to the open market. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Wilfork isn't open to any sort of restructuring. Cutting Wilfork would clear $8 million in cap space, but leave behind $3.6 million in dead money. Wilfork appeared in just four games last season before tearing his Achilles' tendon. Going on 33, Wilfork has spent his entire 10-year career with the Patriots.
Mar 13 - 2:24 PM

The Patriots have approached Vince Wilfork about restructuring his contract.

The Patriots are searching for money to re-sign free agents Aqib Talib and Julian Edelman, and Wilfork's $11.6 million cap hit is a huge number for a 32-year-old coming off an Achilles' injury. An extension could lower that number and keep Wilfork in New England for the rest of his career.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 8 - 9:54 AM

ESPN Boston believes Patriots NT Vince Wilfork could be a candidate for a Terrell Suggs-type extension.

Suggs, 31, signed a five-year, $28.5 million deal on Monday, slashing his 2014 cap number. "Only" $16 million of the deal is guaranteed. Going on 33, Wilfork is coming off major injury and headed into the final year of his contract. He's currently set to count a steep $11.6 million against the cap. An extension would lower that number while likely locking up a Bill Belichick favorite at a team-friendly rate.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 17 - 4:48 PM

Patriots NT Vince Wilfork carries an $11.6 million cap number in 2014, the final year of his current contract.

The Patriots will likely ask Wilfork to renegotiate. He's coming off a torn Achilles' tendon at age 32. The Boston Globe suggests a long-term extension that brings Wilfork's 2014 cap number into the $4 or $5 million range.
Jan 23 - 10:29 AM

Vince Wilfork (Achilles, I.R.) said there's "no question" he'll be back in 2014.

Wilfork, 32 years old, blew out his Achilles' tendon in late September. It can be a career-threatening injury for someone at his age, but he has no plans to shut it down. "I'll be back. There's no question in my mind. That's not even a question," he said. "People can worry about it. But not me. I'll be back." Wilfork is owed $7.5 million in 2014, the final year of his current contract.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 08:08:00 AM

Patriots placed NT Vince Wilfork on injured reserve with a torn Achilles' tendon, ending his season.

The 10-year veteran underwent surgery on Tuesday. Coming into 2013, Wilfork had missed only six games in nine years. The longtime anchor of the Patriots' defensive line turns 32 in November, and is signed through 2014. Achilles' injuries have proven far less difficult to return from in recent years, but Wilfork's age is a complicating factor. There's no guarantee he'll be the same in 2014. The Patriots are going forward with Tommy Kelly, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones at the nose.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 04:37:00 PM

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