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chickennob2
01-27-2010, 12:32 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nfl/news/story?id=4863296

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said Wednesday he would consider it a "slap in the face" if the New England Patriots placed the franchise tag on him, an action the team is expected to take if a long-term extension is not reached.

"I want a long-term deal or I want to be free. Point blank," Wilfork said during an interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI.

Wilfork, who has been vocal since before the season about his desire for an extension, just completed the last season of a six-year rookie contract and is in line for a hefty raise and a long-term deal if he hits the open market. The Patriots, however, could prevent him from doing so if they place the franchise tag on him, which they could do during a two-week stretch in February.

"I didn't like that six-year deal but I did honor my six-year deal," Wilfork said on WEEI. "Now that the deal is up, it's time for me to move forward, with the Patriots or without the Patriots."

The 28-year-old and two-time Pro Bowler Wilfork said he would view being tagged as an insult by the Patriots.

"[The franchise tag] is decent money for most people out there. What I do, it's OK," Wilfork said. "But I don't look at myself as an OK player. Like I said, it's just basically a slap in my face and an insult to me to basically tell me I'm an OK player."

For Wilfork, the franchise tag -- which is a one-year deal -- also means a missed opportunity to gain long-term financial security for his family.

"There's a short window of opportunity for me to make the type of money that I want to make ..." Wilfork said. "I'm not selling my family short and I'm definitely not selling myself short just to stay back and to win and be part of a great organization.

"Winning is a big part of sports, but a lot of teams win. ... We'll see. I will do what's best for my family. But I definitely will not sell myself short of my ability. Not at all."

Wilfork said he and his agent have not heard from the Patriots about his contract since the end of the season and the sides have not talked about an extension since the beginning of the season.

"I'm not sitting by the phone waiting for them to call," said Wilfork, who will play in the Pro Bowl in Miami on Sunday. "Either they call or they don't. They have all the numbers they need. ... Whenever they call, they call."

Garcia Bronco
01-27-2010, 12:32 PM
He could always go get a "real" job. And Vince has already received long term financial security earning more in a year than most do is several years.

chickennob2
01-27-2010, 12:33 PM
Most of us agree that he would be the biggest difference maker in FA if he were to not get franchised. Sounds like NE may pull a Cassell with him, i.e. tag and trade.

Garcia Bronco
01-27-2010, 12:33 PM
Most of us agree that he would be the biggest difference maker in FA if he were to not get franchised. Sounds like NE may pull a Cassell with him, i.e. tag and trade.

I've got a WR I'd trade striaght up for him.

gyldenlove
01-27-2010, 12:36 PM
I've got a WR I'd trade striaght up for him.

We don't want people who are unhappy with their contracts, that shows poor character and we can't have that.

Pony Boy
01-27-2010, 12:39 PM
I got a news flash for Wilfork, Bill Bellichick could give a rats ass what he thinks.

bowtown
01-27-2010, 12:40 PM
We don't want people who are unhappy with their contracts, that shows poor character and we can't have that.

Actually it's more the acting like a clown and turning your back on your team and responsibilities that shows poor character. I haven't seen Wilfork do that at any point.

TheDave
01-27-2010, 12:44 PM
Wilfork: Franchise tag would be 'slap in the face'


Read: "I'm about to get franchised and I would rather hit the jack-pot with Denver, KC, or Washington"


another FA off the list.

Beantown Bronco
01-27-2010, 12:45 PM
What a lot of people are missing is that the Pats already slapped him in the face by making him play out all 6 years of his rookie contract. NOBODY does that in today's NFL. Not with a guy of Wilfork's ability and record on and off the field. Rookie contracts for guys of his caliber ALWAYS get reworked prior to that 6th year and they never made a real effort to do it with him.

gyldenlove
01-27-2010, 12:56 PM
Actually it's more the acting like a clown and turning your back on your team and responsibilities that shows poor character. I haven't seen Wilfork do that at any point.

Oh no, he kicked a football away from a ball boy. That definitely makes him a horrible person, he is a regular Hitler that guy.

Or is it things like skipping workouts you think is turning your back on the team? Because Wilfork did that, he didn't participate in a single voluntary workout last year.

Rabb
01-27-2010, 01:00 PM
Oh no, he kicked a football away from a ball boy. That definitely makes him a horrible person, he is a regular Hitler that guy.

Or is it things like skipping workouts you think is turning your back on the team? Because Wilfork did that, he didn't participate in a single voluntary workout last year.

yes because that is the extent of what BMarsh has done here to exhibit poor behavior

bowtown
01-27-2010, 01:01 PM
Oh no, he kicked a football away from a ball boy. That definitely makes him a horrible person, he is a regular Hitler that guy.

Or is it things like skipping workouts you think is turning your back on the team? Because Wilfork did that, he didn't participate in a single voluntary workout last year.

Actually I was thinking more along the lines of faking an injury for the last game of the season, showing up late for treatment, and causing the vets on your team to go to the coach and asking him to bench you.

Meck77
01-27-2010, 01:07 PM
As a realtor I find the whole "reworking" of contracts interesting. Guys sign them and then get mad at the owners for making players uphold them. Then why sign the damn thing in the first place?

He could have done a 3 year deal. Now he's crying. To Wilfork's credit at least he's not pulling a Cutler pretending it's about something other than money.

ColoradoDarin
01-27-2010, 01:17 PM
Actually I was thinking more along the lines of faking an injury for the last game of the season, showing up late for treatment, and causing the vets on your team to go to the coach and asking him to bench you.

Do we know how many times Wilfork has been arrested for hitting women?

No mention of arrests on Wikipedia, but he did attend Duh-U, so that's a strike against him :wiggle:

I did read this though:

Wilfork's string of fines continued into the 2008 season, when in an October 20 game against the Denver Broncos Wilfork appeared to elbow Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler in the head after a play.

I think we've found our man! !Booya!

Marshall for Wilfork straight up? DEAL.

PRBronco
01-27-2010, 01:18 PM
Do we know how many times Wilfork has been arrested for hitting women?

No mention of arrests on Wikipedia, but he did attend Duh-U, so that's a strike against him :wiggle:

I did read this though:



I think we've found our man! !Booya!

Marshall for Wilfork straight up? DEAL.

Lol that's always been one of my favourite things about Wilfork, he's dirty as ****, including hurting Jay.

TheDave
01-27-2010, 01:19 PM
As a realtor I find the whole "reworking" of contracts interesting. Guys sign them and then get mad at the owners for making players uphold them. Then why sign the damn thing in the first place?

He could have done a 3 year deal. Now he's crying. To Wilfork's credit at least he's not pulling a Cutler pretending it's about something other than money.

Because there is no true contract between players and owners in the NFL... the owners can tear it up by cutting the player at anytime.

kamakazi_kal
01-27-2010, 01:42 PM
Vince .... buddy .... They just shipped your buddy to the freaking Raiders.

I wonder if Pats fans are all like "he don't want to be here" or "he makes enough money and should do it for the team" or if their accepting players play for money period.

Atwater His Ass
01-27-2010, 02:28 PM
"There's a short window of opportunity for me to make the type of money that I want to make ..." Wilfork said. "I'm not selling my family short and I'm definitely not selling myself short just to stay back and to win and be part of a great organization"

At least he's honest.

DeuceOfClub
01-27-2010, 02:58 PM
Just like I tell my bitches: "Get ready to be slapped"

DeusExManning
01-27-2010, 06:04 PM
They should change it from Franchise Tag to Franchise Slap

TheReverend
01-27-2010, 06:17 PM
They should change it from Franchise Tag to Franchise Slap

They already refer to it as slapping the franchise tag on someone

oubronco
01-27-2010, 06:18 PM
Actually I was thinking more along the lines of faking an injury for the last game of the season, showing up late for treatment, and causing the vets on your team to go to the coach and asking him to bench you.

Now how in the hell do you know he faked an injury

DBroncos4life
01-27-2010, 06:32 PM
They should change it from Franchise Tag to Franchise Slap

I think they should change it from Franchise Tag to **** ton of money for one season tag. 10 Million dollars for one year? Bitch what about my kids? You want them to go hungry?

Dedhed
01-27-2010, 06:39 PM
Lol that's always been one of my favourite things about Wilfork, he's dirty as ****, including hurting Jay.

Similar to my favorite thing about him. He's a bitch on the field, but you don't hear a thing about him off of it.

Dr. Broncenstein
01-27-2010, 07:28 PM
What did the five fingers say to the potential free agent's face?

gyldenlove
01-27-2010, 07:44 PM
Actually I was thinking more along the lines of faking an injury for the last game of the season, showing up late for treatment, and causing the vets on your team to go to the coach and asking him to bench you.

Like he faked the hip injury that required major surgery last year? I tend to believe the guy who has already been screwed over once by a frankly incompetent medical staff.

The meeting they had was Monday, the injury he suffered was Wednesday, and the treatment was Friday, a full 4 days AFTER the meeting but don't let facts mess up your little temper tantrum.

ZONA
01-27-2010, 07:50 PM
Actually it's more the acting like a clown and turning your back on your team and responsibilities that shows poor character. I haven't seen Wilfork do that at any point.

Well, for his (Wilfork) sake I sure hope he doesn't get injured before the last game of the year because everybody around here will think he turned his back on his team, lol

rastaman
01-27-2010, 08:30 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nfl/news/story?id=4863296

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said Wednesday he would consider it a "slap in the face" if the New England Patriots placed the franchise tag on him, an action the team is expected to take if a long-term extension is not reached.

"I want a long-term deal or I want to be free. Point blank," Wilfork said during an interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI.

Wilfork, who has been vocal since before the season about his desire for an extension, just completed the last season of a six-year rookie contract and is in line for a hefty raise and a long-term deal if he hits the open market. The Patriots, however, could prevent him from doing so if they place the franchise tag on him, which they could do during a two-week stretch in February.

"I didn't like that six-year deal but I did honor my six-year deal," Wilfork said on WEEI. "Now that the deal is up, it's time for me to move forward, with the Patriots or without the Patriots."

The 28-year-old and two-time Pro Bowler Wilfork said he would view being tagged as an insult by the Patriots.

"[The franchise tag] is decent money for most people out there. What I do, it's OK," Wilfork said. "But I don't look at myself as an OK player. Like I said, it's just basically a slap in my face and an insult to me to basically tell me I'm an OK player."

For Wilfork, the franchise tag -- which is a one-year deal -- also means a missed opportunity to gain long-term financial security for his family.

"There's a short window of opportunity for me to make the type of money that I want to make ..." Wilfork said. "I'm not selling my family short and I'm definitely not selling myself short just to stay back and to win and be part of a great organization.

"Winning is a big part of sports, but a lot of teams win. ... We'll see. I will do what's best for my family. But I definitely will not sell myself short of my ability. Not at all."

Wilfork said he and his agent have not heard from the Patriots about his contract since the end of the season and the sides have not talked about an extension since the beginning of the season.

"I'm not sitting by the phone waiting for them to call," said Wilfork, who will play in the Pro Bowl in Miami on Sunday. "Either they call or they don't. They have all the numbers they need. ... Whenever they call, they call."

Tell Wilfolk to STFU! Doesn't he know he plays for a cheap Ass organization that is only interested in enriching the Franchise. NE will continue to use his Fat Ass until he's got nothing left!

Paladin
01-27-2010, 08:32 PM
My most vivid imagery of Wilfork was durung the Pats' game in Denver. After a play, he slid out of the pile on his belly and raised his arms and legs and just rocked on his gut. Now that's fat.....

SoCalBronco
01-27-2010, 08:34 PM
Go Vince! Get every penny you can.