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Wilfork would play for Bucs, Dolphins

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  January 28, 2010 08:30 PM

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It would be unlikely that the Patriots would ship Wilfork to a division rival in Miami, which as Kelly points out is in the market for a nose tackle because of the age and injury situation of Bill Parcells favorite Jason Ferguson.

However, Tampa Bay would offer an intriguing case. It's highly unlikely that the Buccaneers would send the No. 3 overall pick to the Patriots, who probably wouldn't want to pick that high anyways because of the cost. However, Tampa Bay does have 10 picks in the 2010 draft and has a pair of second-rounders. The Bucs also have a fifth-round pick they got from the Patriots for tight end Alex Smith, who was cut by New England coming out of the preseason.

The Patriots don't have a fifth-round pick, as the one they acquired from Denver was sent to Oakland to complete the Derrick Burgess deal.

If the Patriots decided to trade Wilfork after franchising him, sending him to Tampa Bay for a package that includes the Buccaneers own second-round pick (No. 35 overall) and a fifth-rounder would make some sense.

Not sure that would be enough for Wilfork, but could be a starting point.
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