Vince Wilfork has been an integral part of the New England Patriots defense since he was drafted in 2004. His tenure on the team, however, is about to come to an end.
Wilfork learned only on Tuesday night that the Patriots did not pick up his contract as an option for the 2015 season, meaning he will be a free agent once the free agency period starts. What’s interesting about this is that Wilfork has said that he was in a good place and still feels he has a good relationship with the organization.
Wilfork will turn 34 this year, and as any NFL player knows, production usually goes down as a result of age. Combined with coming off from a season-ending injury the previous year and being $8.9 million against the salary cap and Wilfork easily ends up being a cap casualty. In spite of this, he was extremely productive this past season, playing all sixteen games in the regular season and has been selected to five Pro Bowls in his whole career.
But even with his stats being among the best, there is the possibility that he may not get signed by another team and may end up retiring altogether. It may be a little early to be thinking about adding him to the Amen Clinics fantasy team. There’s also the Patriots having to figure out how to fill the nose tackle position that has been stout mainly because of Wilfork’s presence.