Re: Pats should part with Wilfork.
posted at 1/25/2014 6:41 PM EST
In response to TFB12's comment:
Yeah, this is a tough one. No doubt something is going to be done with Wilfork's $11.6 million cap hit for 2014. Saving $7.5 mill would be huge but I sure would hate to cut the big guy and have to fill his spot with someone else. If his rehab goes well and can be ready for next season then rework his deal.
Wilfork is one of the extremely rare players the Pats have "taken care of". It was Seymour or Wilfork...and they chose, and paid him VERY well. He's a true mainstay in this community. The guy follows his heart...look at his wife. I'm not trying to be a dck, but he's an all-pro level professional football player...he could marry a model if he WANTED to. But he didn't. He married a wonderful woman who is a great mother and wife from all accounts, and has a very strong family dynamic. Another way he is truly a rare example of a football player.
He got paid VERY well in 2010. He's made probably around 32 million of the 40 total, 25 was guaranteed.
If he doesn't rework his deal...he wil be 2014 version of Lawyer Milloy.
If he does that, no team is going to pony up huge money for him given the injury he just had. So he'd be playing on a one-year deal to prove himself before re-entering free agency.
At THIS point in his career...I don't see that as very likely.
I think it very likely he will rework his deal to bring that cap number WAY down, and will add a few years, and have another chunk in the form of a signing bonus, which would be spread over those 3 hypothetical years. Something around 3/18, 10 guaranteed. That would take Vince, a large nose tackle, to 35 years old. I could see my above contract being worked so 2/12 could be swallowed if he totally falls apart.
He is to the Pats what Tedy Bruschi was, and seems to have a similar metality. I guess we shall find out in time.