As it turns out, Wilfork didn’t feel much like waiting to learn his fate, as he reportedly requested his release from the Patriots on Thursday afternoon.
From both sides, it’s certainly not difficult to understand this conclusion. The Patriots simply can’t dedicate more than $11 million against the cap to Wilfork. The position of defensive tackle has been de-emphasized league-wide as high-powered, spread passing offenses have become more of the norm. Wilfork’s age (32) and the fact that he’s coming off a torn Achilles contribute to the reality that no team can dedicate that kind of money to him.
For Wilfork, it’s pretty simple. He signed a deal, and he expects both sides to honor it. If the Patriots want to restructure a deal, they’re essentially not living up to their end of the bargain from Vince’s perspective. A man of principle, Wilfork would rather see the team tear up that existing contract than void an agreement "
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