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Old 01-12-2010, 11:37 PM   #1
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FOXBORO — As the game clock ticked down the final seconds of the Patriots season, Vince Wilfork admitted considering the possibility that he could be playing in a Patriots uniform for the last time. The end of New England’s playoff run means the beginning of the offseason for the Patriots, and the biggest question surrounding the team is what will happen to the All-Pro defensive lineman.

The 28-year-old is eligible to become a free agent next month. There is no question that he will draw interest from many teams in the NFL if he reaches the open market. Wilfork said he talked to his teammates about his situation after being eliminated from the playoffs.

“I told my teammates, I don’t know if this is the last game I play with you or not,” Wilfork said. “But if it is, man, I love you and I’m going to miss you.”

Wilfork spoke at length after the game about several topics. On the subject of his own future, the two-time Pro Bowler admitted that he can see himself putting on a different uniform next season.

“Yes, I can. I surely can,” he confirmed. “This whole process, I did what was best for my family. Family first, and it’s going to be first now.”

Wilfork has played six seasons with the Patriots and has been one of the team’s most consistent faces on the defensive side of the ball. Wilfork has played in 13 or more regular-season games all six years he’s been a Patriot. Rumors swirled before the season started that he would hold out, but he did just the opposite. Wilfork showed up to training camp on time and gave his best all year.

“I could’ve easily been sitting out and wanting my money and trying to prove a point,” Wilfork said. But that’s not me.”

Now, some believe Wilfork could get the franchise tag from the Patriots. Wilfork acknowledged that he would be very upset if the Patriots decided to lock him into the franchise tag and that he’s looking for a long-term deal.

Patriots tight end Ben Watson also is looking at free agency and says he doesn’t know if he wants to be back in New England.

“I don’t know, I’m going to wallow in this misery for a little bit and then talk to the people around me — my family, agent — and see if the Patriots organization wants to have me back,” Watson said. “And if they don’t, there’s so many different possibilities, so we’ll just see how it goes.”

Wilfork and Watson are joined by many other Patriots who will be going into free agency: Kevin Faulk, Jarvis Green, Stephen Neal, Vince Wilfork, Leigh Bodden, Logan Mankins, Derrick Burgess, Pierre Woods, Junior Seau, Gary Guyton, Stephen Gostkowski and Chris Hanson.

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Old 01-12-2010, 11:44 PM   #2
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FOXBORO — As the game clock ticked down the final seconds of the Patriots season, Vince Wilfork admitted considering the possibility that he could be playing in a Patriots uniform for the last time. The end of New England’s playoff run means the beginning of the offseason for the Patriots, and the biggest question surrounding the team is what will happen to the All-Pro defensive lineman.

The 28-year-old is eligible to become a free agent next month. There is no question that he will draw interest from many teams in the NFL if he reaches the open market. Wilfork said he talked to his teammates about his situation after being eliminated from the playoffs.

“I told my teammates, I don’t know if this is the last game I play with you or not,” Wilfork said. “But if it is, man, I love you and I’m going to miss you.”

Wilfork spoke at length after the game about several topics. On the subject of his own future, the two-time Pro Bowler admitted that he can see himself putting on a different uniform next season.

“Yes, I can. I surely can,” he confirmed. “This whole process, I did what was best for my family. Family first, and it’s going to be first now.”

Wilfork has played six seasons with the Patriots and has been one of the team’s most consistent faces on the defensive side of the ball. Wilfork has played in 13 or more regular-season games all six years he’s been a Patriot. Rumors swirled before the season started that he would hold out, but he did just the opposite. Wilfork showed up to training camp on time and gave his best all year.

“I could’ve easily been sitting out and wanting my money and trying to prove a point,” Wilfork said. But that’s not me.”

Now, some believe Wilfork could get the franchise tag from the Patriots. Wilfork acknowledged that he would be very upset if the Patriots decided to lock him into the franchise tag and that he’s looking for a long-term deal.

Patriots tight end Ben Watson also is looking at free agency and says he doesn’t know if he wants to be back in New England.

“I don’t know, I’m going to wallow in this misery for a little bit and then talk to the people around me — my family, agent — and see if the Patriots organization wants to have me back,” Watson said. “And if they don’t, there’s so many different possibilities, so we’ll just see how it goes.”

Wilfork and Watson are joined by many other Patriots who will be going into free agency: Kevin Faulk, Jarvis Green, Stephen Neal, Vince Wilfork, Leigh Bodden, Logan Mankins, Derrick Burgess, Pierre Woods, Junior Seau, Gary Guyton, Stephen Gostkowski and Chris Hanson.

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I wonder if there is any relation?
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:51 PM   #4
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Hey Stephen Neal's an FA too, he's got to be better than Hochstein at least.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:58 PM   #5
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You guys know if Faulk walks, he'll be a Bronco... right? No way McD can resist if he's available. Would actually be a nice pick-up for a season.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:20 AM   #6
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FOXBORO — As the game clock ticked down the final seconds of the Patriots season, Vince Wilfork admitted considering the possibility that he could be playing in a Patriots uniform for the last time. The end of New England’s playoff run means the beginning of the offseason for the Patriots, and the biggest question surrounding the team is what will happen to the All-Pro defensive lineman.

The 28-year-old is eligible to become a free agent next month. There is no question that he will draw interest from many teams in the NFL if he reaches the open market. Wilfork said he talked to his teammates about his situation after being eliminated from the playoffs.

“I told my teammates, I don’t know if this is the last game I play with you or not,” Wilfork said. “But if it is, man, I love you and I’m going to miss you.”

Wilfork spoke at length after the game about several topics. On the subject of his own future, the two-time Pro Bowler admitted that he can see himself putting on a different uniform next season.

“Yes, I can. I surely can,” he confirmed. “This whole process, I did what was best for my family. Family first, and it’s going to be first now.”

Wilfork has played six seasons with the Patriots and has been one of the team’s most consistent faces on the defensive side of the ball. Wilfork has played in 13 or more regular-season games all six years he’s been a Patriot. Rumors swirled before the season started that he would hold out, but he did just the opposite. Wilfork showed up to training camp on time and gave his best all year.

“I could’ve easily been sitting out and wanting my money and trying to prove a point,” Wilfork said. But that’s not me.”

Now, some believe Wilfork could get the franchise tag from the Patriots. Wilfork acknowledged that he would be very upset if the Patriots decided to lock him into the franchise tag and that he’s looking for a long-term deal.

Patriots tight end Ben Watson also is looking at free agency and says he doesn’t know if he wants to be back in New England.

“I don’t know, I’m going to wallow in this misery for a little bit and then talk to the people around me — my family, agent — and see if the Patriots organization wants to have me back,” Watson said. “And if they don’t, there’s so many different possibilities, so we’ll just see how it goes.”

Wilfork and Watson are joined by many other Patriots who will be going into free agency: Kevin Faulk, Jarvis Green, Stephen Neal, Vince Wilfork, Leigh Bodden, Logan Mankins, Derrick Burgess, Pierre Woods, Junior Seau, Gary Guyton, Stephen Gostkowski and Chris Hanson.

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I'd happily take either of them, Wilfork especially. Also would be happen to take Jarvis Green and Mankins off their hands if it wouldn't break the bank.
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We're getting rid of Scheffler so might as well get Watson... we could use a guy like Wilfork, who do we get rid of though? I don't see us tossing Fields. Baker seemed like a solid project. Does that mean we're tossing Marcus Thomas?

Plus how the hell do we afford all of this. We need to resign Doom... likely Orton as well... and potentially Marshall, on top of others.
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We're getting rid of Scheffler so might as well get Watson... we could use a guy like Wilfork, who do we get rid of though? I don't see us tossing Fields. Baker seemed like a solid project. Does that mean we're tossing Marcus Thomas?

Plus how the hell do we afford all of this. We need to resign Doom... likely Orton as well... and potentially Marshall, on top of others.
We've got the lowest committed payroll of any team in the league heading into 2010 if I recall, about $30M below what the salary cap would have been in a CBA year.

Doom is looking at probably around $9-$10M a year but other than that no one on the team is going to receive a top dollar contract.

Wilfork would need top DT money, but he won't get Albert Haynesworth money. Probably something in a similar price range to Doom.

We could easily afford at least one top tier FA depending on who's available. Some creative accounting could make room for two.

That or the Broncos could spread that money around and sign more value guys. It'll be interesting to see their approach.
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wilfork woudl be an awesome signing, so would mankins. 2 huge draft needs we could sign right there.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:44 AM   #12
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I doubt we get Wilfork, or Mankins.

Neal, and Faulk are possibilities though.

I could see Denver turning towards other FA's at other NT's, like Abrayo Franklin and possibly Casey Hampton.
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Wilfork and Mankins will be franchised I would think.
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Casey Hampton would be fantastic. Could Pitt actually let that guy walk?
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We're getting rid of Scheffler so might as well get Watson... we could use a guy like Wilfork, who do we get rid of though? I don't see us tossing Fields. Baker seemed like a solid project. Does that mean we're tossing Marcus Thomas?

Plus how the hell do we afford all of this. We need to resign Doom... likely Orton as well... and potentially Marshall, on top of others.
Definitely good questions. We have some people to restructure. (Champ.) If we did bring in Wilfork (which I doubt but for the sake of conversation)... I think Fields could play in rotation behind him and perhaps even at DE.

Marcus Thomas is probably on the bubble. He just never looks very good out there, which is too bad. It would be a huge boost for this team if the proverbial light would go on for him. He doesn't make much, though... so he could stay in a reserve role.
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Why exactly should we sign Watson?

We have our starting TE in Graham, he's as solid as they come. We don't utilize the TE as a receiver a whole lot in the offense anyway, so why pay Watson what'll need to be a pretty decent contract to bring him in.

We spent a 2nd on Quinn, and he's had a year to get used to the NFL... so put him out there as the #2 TE and spend the money elsewhere.

Wilfork would be awesome, expect a franchise tag there though.
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Wilfork and Watson are joined by many other Patriots who will be going into free agency: Kevin Faulk, Jarvis Green, Stephen Neal, Vince Wilfork, Leigh Bodden, Logan Mankins, Derrick Burgess, Pierre Woods, Junior Seau, Gary Guyton, Stephen Gostkowski and Chris Hanson.
The way McD has worked so far, I'll be shocked if one or two of these guys are not Broncos next year. Hopefully it's a big name like Wilfork or Mankins.
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technically they would be letting him waddle
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In an uncapped year... I refuse to believe that the Pats are dumb enough to let players like wilfork or Mankins walk.
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In an uncapped year... I refuse to believe that the Pats are dumb enough to let players like wilfork or Mankins walk.
Ay, there's the rub. I doubt Robert Kraft has run out of money.
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We're getting rid of Scheffler so might as well get Watson... we could use a guy like Wilfork, who do we get rid of though? I don't see us tossing Fields. Baker seemed like a solid project. Does that mean we're tossing Marcus Thomas?

Plus how the hell do we afford all of this. We need to resign Doom... likely Orton as well... and potentially Marshall, on top of others.

What about moving Marcus Thomas to DE?
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Marcus did play DE... at least most of the time.

...and he has a bad habbit of running around blocks.
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Are you guys really that attached to Marcus Thomas?
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I don't know about Wilfork, but I would be very surprised if McD doesn't make a strong push to bring in Logan Mankins at LG. I would love to add him. We obviously have a big need at LG, and with McD moving to a power man-blocking scheme Mankins would be a great fit. He is a powerful mauler, just what the interior of our line needs.
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In an uncapped year... I refuse to believe that the Pats are dumb enough to let players like wilfork or Mankins walk.
The Pats always plan ahead, and even though there is no cap this year there will be once a new CBA is in place. I doubt they tie up a lot of money in both. Of the two, Mankins is the one I expect to see McD make a strong push for. He was clearly frustrated with the run blocking this year and Mankins would be a great fit.
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