Deal or No Deal: Vince Wilfork

Vince Wilfork played his heart out for the New England Patriots during the full-term of his six-year rookie contract. Now he feels like he has earned a long-term deal, which he certainly has done.

The problem is, the Patriots are notorious for not paying players for past performance. Unlike other teams, Bill Belichick and company are not going to hand out a lucrative contract to a player because he “earned it.” The Patriots are going to pay for future performance, not past.

Therein lies the question about Vince Wilfork. Is he in his prime or past his prime? Is his skill-set easily replaceable through free-agency or the 2010 NFL Draft? Is it true when Al Davis said that the Patriots would have preferred to trade Vince Wilfork instead of Richard Seymour for a 2011 1st rounder?

If the Patriots and Wilfork can’t reach a deal, they will place the franchise tag on him and probably trade him to Kansas City or Denver.

Our guess is that the Patriots will offer Vince a deal somewhere in the neighborhood of 3yr/$27 million with about $20 million guaranteed. We’d be willing to up it to 4yr/$34 million with about $22 million in guaranteed money.

Do we have a deal?

Tags: Contracts, Vince Wilfork

8 Responses to “Deal or No Deal: Vince Wilfork”

  1. Alex says:

    I love Vince and I hope the two sides can reach an agreement that keeps him here for the next 4+ years or so. However, having said that, I don’t want to break the bank on a nose tackle no matter how important their role is in a 3-4. We haven’t been able to generate a pass rush the past 2 seasons with Vince playing at an all-pro level, so maybe the answer is a journeyman 340 pounder who will come here for a fraction of the money, allowing the pats to spring for a legit pass rusher(s).

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ron Brace? Did someone mention him? He only played in 9 games out of 16 last year and was schooled and dominated. A lot of times being pushed back 5 yards.

    He could be another in a series of second round busts for New England. If NE is going to franchise him they better either draft or sign his replacement. Otherwise he may walk this year or next and they get nothing for him.

  3. Anonymous says:

    you are all missing how important a franchise Nose Tackle is to at 3-4 scheme, He is the rock of that new england defense that is so full of inconsistentcy, you lose him along with all the other losses the previous year you may be waiting a lonnnnggg time before you see a return to patriot dynasty of old. I think you gotta sign him, what else did you get rid of seymour for?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Vince is a BIG guy. Although he gets to the ball well enough, I am not too sure about his future production.

    Send him to Oakland for their two 2nd round picks.

    Vince might wnat 50m but then at least 30 will ahve to be garanteed.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Trade him and get some more picks theres 2 1st round nt’s in the draft plus the 2nd round nt brace we got in the second last year . He might be past his prime hes a great player but expendable .

  6. Anonymous says:

    With Haynesworth making on average around 15.7M per year, I see Vince looking around 12-13M. Problem is pats are probably offering shorter term and 9-10M per year.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Vince isn’t signing for less than 50M.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Vince isn’t signing less than a 50M deal, unless its a tag / 12M a year.






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