Today marks the first day that NFL teams are allowed to place the much-maligned franchise tag on players that they deem too valuable to lose without compensation. The Patriots have one of those players in defensive lineman Vince Wilfork.
If the Patriots and Wilfork aren’t able to agree to a long-term extension during the next two weeks, the Patriots will certainly tag Wilfork. In that case, Wilfork will be set to earn $7.003 million dollars this year, unless he were traded to a different team. The franchise tag requires a team signing Wilfork to give up two first-round selections in the NFL Draft, although the Patriots would probably try and trade their pro-bowl lineman to control where he could sign.
Vince has been very good to the Patriots both on and off the field, playing all six years of his contract without more than a peep about his contract, while also being a great member of the community. Hopefully, the Patriots and Wilfork can come to an agreement that benefits both sides, whether that agreement will keep Vince in Foxboro remains to be seen.