Patriots Use Franchise Tag On DT Vince Wilfork
The New England Patriots applied the franchise tag to nose tackle Vince Wilfork today, exercising their right to control the 28-year-old veteran for another season.
The two-time Pro Bowler will receive a one-year, $7.003 million contract, assuming he signs the tender. It is the non-exclusive tag, a source said, meaning Wilfork could visit with and negotiate with other teams.
If he departs, the Patriots will receive the hefty price of two first-round picks from the team that lures Wilfork.
Both the Wilforks and the Patriots say a long-term contract is the eventual goal. But the two camps apparently could not come to an agreement before Thursday’s deadline.