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Friday, March 28, 2014

Reports of the Patriots' Demise Were Largely Premature

I'm not saying that this guarantees that they'll win that elusive next Super Bowl in the next few seasons but what do all the Patriots haters have to say now? After it looked like the team and Vince Wilfork were going to go their separate ways, they did a complete 180 and agreed to a restructured contract. Wilfork will make $8 million next season with a $3 million guaranteed. It has an option for two more years that could make it $22.5 million in total.

Just like we should have known not to overreact when the Pats didn't do anything on the first or second day of free agency, this is a further lesson in being patient (something which rarely exists in sports or life in 2014). Yes, Wilfork is 32 and coming off the first real major injury (Achilles) of his career but this is a guy that's a leader and great player that wants to be in New England for his entire career. What's not to like about that?

I'm happy to see that both him and the Patriots came to their senses and got this figured out, at a reasonable price no less. He probably realized that his market wasn't too great since his position is rapidly disappearing and he was better served staying in the only place in the NFL that he knows.

This is shaping up to be a real nice offseason for the Pats as they have signed Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Brandon Browner, re-signed Julian Edelman and now this. If you love the Pats like I do, you have to be happy that Wilfork is returning. In the end, it all worked out. Haha sorry trolls.

UPDATE 3/29: Today the Patriots re-signed center Ryan Wendell to a two-year contract worth $6.85 million.

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