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Vince Wilfork has been a stalwart of the New England Patriots defense since he arrived from the University of Miami. That tenure may be coming to an end. Karen Guregian from the Boston Herald explains:
Following the initial discussion between the Patriots and Vince Wilfork over altering his contract, the nose tackle not only asked for his release, but also made a stop in the locker room to grab his belongings before walking out of Gillette Stadium.
According to two sources, an angry Wilfork ripped his name plate off his locker stall, and cleaned out his locker. That's how Big Vince felt about the proceedings. Naturally, time and distance can change perspective, but Wilfork seemed convinced he was done in New England.
Two weeks have passed since Wilfork's outburst, so things certainly may have changed in his camp. Logan Mankins looked like he had both feet out the door during his extended holdout in 2010 but eventually came to an agreement with New England.
Some are treating Wilfork's departure as a fait accompli, but I wouldn't be shocked to see No. 75 patrolling the interior of the Patriots defensive line in 2014. If he isn't, the Patriots are going to have to scramble in the 2014 NFL draft, with Louis Nix III (DT, Notre Dame) as a top prospect.