The New England Patriots are trying to reconstruct DT Vince Wilfork’s contract to provide extra room to work under the salary cap, according to reports.
The questions have popped up, of course, what if Wilfork refuses to do so will the Patriots release him?
Tom Curran of CSNNE reported , “Over the next four days, the Patriots will be trying to convince Vince to trim that cap hit down by taking a restructured deal. And – given his age and recent injury history – they may be asking him to take a pay cut as well (I don’t know that to be the case, by the way, it is a presumption).”
Vince Wilfork’s current deal will cost New England $11.6 million against the salary cap this year.
Wilfork is coming off a serious injury where he tore his Achilles in week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons. He’s 32 years old and will turn 33 during the 2014 NFL season.
New England will consider all of that if Wilfork refuses to reconstruct his deal.
Now begs the questions, should New England cut Wilfork if he refuses to re-work his deal?
I say NO.
Wilfork is still the best NT in the NFL and isn’t injury prone at all. If New England releases him, they will have to find and spend sizeable money on another DT to come in and take over the job for Wilfork. I say why when you have the best DT on your team? Why waste any more money on a lesser NT than Wilfork when their money could be put to better use like signing a good pass rusher?
Wilfork is great against the run and New England should keep him that way they don’t waste money on another DT, that’s not as good and they don’t have to waste their first round pick on a DT.
The bottom line is I think New England should keep Vince Wilfork.
I just hope Wilfork will reconstruct his contract to help the team out because New England needs that extra space.