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Vince Wilfork reportedly signs new 3-year deal

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Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork has reportedly agreed to a new 3-year deal. Elise Amendola / AP file photo

New England Patriots defensive captain Vince Wilfork has broken his silence after reportedly coming to an agreement on a new 3-year deal.

The nose tackle, writing on Twitter, said he was close to ensuring he would retire a Patriot.

"It’s been hard to remain quiet and let things take its course but it has been the best thing to do,” Wilfork wrote. “Negotiations are never easy especially when you have a 10 year history with a team and more importantly relationships. For those who have supported me I thank you,” adding, “for those who have called me every name in the book I thank you too.

“My intentions have never changed,” he wrote. “10 years ago my goal was to retire a patriot and as I sit here typing this I am closer to achieving my goal. I look forward to getting back to football and helping my team compete and have a chance at winning a Super Bowl.”

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Wilfork has restructured his contract to a 3-year, $22.5 million deal. Wilfork was going into the final year of a 5-year, $40 million contract in which he was going to be paid a $7.5 million base salary in 2014 and count as $11.6 million against the cap.

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