With the Patriots currently committing $29.2 million of their salary cap on two quarterbacks -- Tom Brady and Matt Cassel -- it makes it harder for the team to spread the wealth to more players. That spreading-the-wealth approach has been a staple of the team's success.
Nose tackle Vince Wilfork, whose contract expires after the 2009 season, is one player who could be directly affected if this becomes a longer-term situation.
Colleague Christopher L. Gasper caught up with Wilfork for a piece in Wednesday's editions of the Boston Globe.
Wilfork indicated that it's been a year since there has been dialogue on a contract extension.
"The ball is not in my court right now. Nothing has happened. No progress has been made. I thought maybe there would be some sort of move forward, but everything is at a standstill. I'm sure they'll do whatever they have to do. I have that last year, and I'm preparing to play and play well. It's not going to change me. But they know the longer it takes the more it costs."