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Wilfork Already Throwing Barbs About an Offer from the Pats

ESPN.com has a tidbit today on Vince Wilfork, as it seems that the talk of him not being happy about what will be their offer to get him to stay has begun:

New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork is girding up — and there’s a lot of girth to gird — for what could be a nasty contract battle.

“I want a long-term deal, or I want to be free. Point blank,” Wilfork said Wednesday on Boston sports radio station WEEI.

Wilfork’s contract is up and he wants to be paid what he’s worth. He was the Patriots’ defensive MVP and their second-best player this year behind Wes Welker. Yes, I do know Tom Brady is on their roster. But Wilfork was that good in 2009 and is that critical to the future of the Patriots’ 3-4 defense.

Wilfork stated a convincing case while a guest on the “Dale & Holley Show.”

He has completed a six-year contract he signed as a rookie. ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss wrote an analysis of the Wilfork situation and focuses on that six-year deal. Reiss notes why that would give Wilfork conviction.

“I didn’t like that six-year deal, but I did honor my six-year deal,” Wilfork said. “Now that the deal is up, it’s time for me to move forward with the Patriots or without the Patriots.”


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