Welcome back! After many reports saying how unhappy Vince Wilfork was, including one story that had him cleaning out his locker, the New England Patriots and Wilfork agreed to a deal spanning three years worth $22.5 million. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, only $3 million of the deal is guaranteed with incentives reaching up to $8 million for the 2014 season.
At age 33, Wilfork doesn’t have much left in the tank, but will be vital to the Pats success this season. With the amount of talent the Patriots and Denver Broncos have acquired this offseason, re-signing Wilfork became an afterthought to many fans. However, having him back is a pleasant surprise and will shore up that run defense, as well as enhance an improving pass rush.
Wilfork released a statement on twitter (which you can see here), and is excited for the 2014 New England Patriot’s run towards another Super Bowl. It is hard to imagine anyone other than the Pats and the Broncos meeting for a rematch in the AFC Championship game this year. Hopefully this time around, Wilfork will be around to help the Patriots D get revenge from 2014′s very one-sided battle.