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Vince Wilfork Wants Out; Kraft Wants To Keep Him Around


Vince Wilfork has asked for his release from the Patriots instead of agreeing to a pay cut. But that doesn’t necessarily mean his tenure in New England is over after 10 years, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, speaking Monday afternoon at the NFL owners meetings, called Wilfork “one of my personal favorites” and said he hopes the two sides can come to a compromise.

The Patriots are trying to decrease Wilfork’s $7.5 million base salary and $11.6 million salary cap number in 2014 — the final year of his contract — and so far Wilfork has not budged.

“In pro sports, it’s a business as well as commitment to one another, and we have to work through it, and I’m still not giving up hope that he’d be part of our team next year,” Kraft told a group of reporters.

“Either we get it done or we don’t. I very much hope we get it done, and I believe he very much would like to do it as well, and we’ve been so lucky to have him, so we’ll see what happens.”

Wilfork, 32, has played for the Patriots since they made him their first-round draft pick in 2004. He has been selected to five Pro Bowls and established himself as a pillar in the community through his play and charity work.

“Going back over the last 20 years, we’ve had some pretty special people come through, and he is one of my personal favorites,” Kraft said. “I’m thinking of Tedy Bruschi and Matt Light and Kevin Faulk and Troy Brown. They made their careers with us, and I surely hope Vince will be with us next year.”

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