Dec 23, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork (75) before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: New England Patriots 'hope' to keep Vince Wilfork

Despite requesting a release a few weeks ago, the New England Patriots are hopeful they’ll be able to keep Vince Wilfork moving forward – that’s the word from team owner Robert Kraft who expressed the sentiment during the team owners meeting on Monday afternoon.

Robert Kraft on V. Wilfork: “I very much hope we get it done & I believe he very much would like to do it as well. We’ll see what happens.”

While Wilfork has dealt with nagging injury issues, when he’s healthy, he’s among one of the better players at his position in the NFL. Given that, it seems pretty questionable that the Patriots would release him, especially given their history of dealing with players unhappy with their contractual situation/role.

Given the Patriots have expressed a desire to retain Wilfork, it’s possible the two sides may find a middle ground and Wilfork will be spending his 2014 with the Patriots.

Wilfork, a 2004 draft pick, is coming off a disappointing 2013 season where he only played in four games after suffering a torn Achilles.

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