It sounds like Pats NT Vince Wilfork is already planning on free agency. He fired a shot at the Pats this week, basically telling the team he doesn’t want to be franchised. Now he’s coming out and saying he’d love to play in the state of Florida, a place where he grew up and played college ball.
Nose Tackle Vince Wilfork, who starred at Santaluces High School and the University of Miami, said he and his representatives have been badgering the Patriots for a contract extension the past two seasons, but the talks were never fruitful. He knows the Patriots will likely place a franchise tag on him instead of offering the long-term contract he desperately seeks for family security and if they do so, Wilfork said he’s prepared to play hardball. Wilfork, who has started 80 games for the past six seasons, wasn’t shy about admitting that playing in Florida either for the Dolphins or Tampa Bay would be “a dream come true.”
So one could easily read into this and think that the Bucs or Dolphins would be in the driver’s seat for Wilfork’s services – that is unless the Pats go against Wilfork’s wishes and franchise him, which is the last thing he wants to see from his comments earlier this week.