Vince Wilfork wants out of New England, and he’s making sure everyone knows he’s finished with the team. According to a report by Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Wilfork cleaned out his locker after requesting his release from the Patriots.
Guregian also reports that, according to two sources, Wilfork ripped the nameplate off his locker as well before leaving the facility.
Owner Robert Kraft did state to reporters that he hoped Wilfork will be on the team next season, but admitted that personal feelings have to be put aside when it comes to negotiations. However, it doesn’t appear that Wilfork wants to do any sort of negotiating.
Wilfork was reportedly angered at the fact that the Patriots approached him about restructuring a contract that would pay the 10-year veteran $7.5 million in a season coming off a torn Achilles. For a team that made significant changes in the offseason, including bringing in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, it makes sense for the Patriots to want to save money and cap space. Wilfork is 31 years old, and is on the downward part of his career.
New England has to do what New England has to do in order to stay under the salary cap, and field a championship-caliber team. What that means for Wilfork’s immediate future remains to be seen, but, for now, he is still a member of the Patriots roster.
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