Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork appeared on the Dale & Holley Show (with Michael Holley and guest host Lou Merloni) to discuss his contract situation on Wednesday morning. With his six-year rookie contract now having ended, Wilfork could become an unrestricted free agent. However, the Patriots have the right to place a franchise tag on the star defensive tackle.
Wilfork made clear, however, that his goal is a long-term contract, whether with the Patriots or another team. The idea of a franchise tag, which would provide likely result in a one-year deal, did not sit well with the 28-year-old.
"I did honor my six-year deal. Now, that six-year deal is up. It’s time for me to move forward, with the Patriots or not with the Patriots," said Wilfork. "[A franchise tag] is decent money for most people out there. What I do, it’s okay.
"But I don’t look at myself as an okay player," Wilfork continued. "Like I said, it’s just basically a slap in my face and it’s insulting to me to tell me I’m an okay player."
Wilfork also suggested that he does believe it important to be part of a winning organization. That said, the defensive tackle made clear that he is not ready to compromise his best opportunity for a significant long-term deal in order to remain in New England.
"I want a long-term deal or I want to be free. Point blank. That’s how I’m looking at it, that’s how my family is looking at it. ... There’s a short window of opportunity for me to make the kind of money I want to make," said Wilfork. "I’m not selling my family short and I’m definitely not selling myself short just to stay back and to win and to be part of a great organization.
"Winning is a big part of sports, but a lot of teams win. A lot of teams win. So we’ll see. We’ll see. I will do what’s best for my family. But I definitely will not sell myself short of my ability. Not at all."
Wilfork said that he and the Patriots have not discussed his contract situation since the the start of the season. At that time, it became apparent to him that the two sides would not reach an agreement, and so he suggested that the team table discussions for the season. Now, with the season over, Wilfork and his agent haven't heard from the Patriots, but the two-time Pro Bowler said that he's not antsy to hear from the team.
"I’m not sitting by the phone waiting for them to call. Either they call or they don’t," said Wilfork. "Whenever they call, they call."
Daniel Jeremiah calls NFL Sunday to preview the NFL Draft and discuss what the New England Patriots will be looking to do starting Thursday night.
In hour 2 of NFL Sunday, we get more draft talk from Price and Dickerson. They discuss if the Pats will trade up or down at all or what they can get by staying put. Also, what does the RB position look like for New England? We hear from Daniel Jeremiah from the NFL Network and NFL.com and get his thoughts on the NFL draft and what the Patriots will do. Finally, the boys talk about the Greg Hardy situation in Dallas.
It's finally the week of the NFL Draft and the guys are psyched. They kick off the show discussing the release of the NFL schedule and how they expect the Pats to do against a relatively easy road for the Super Bowl champs. Greg and Chris talk about any difficult match-ups and if any teams in the AFC East can contend with the Patriots. Then the boys move on to the Draft and where the Pats may go. WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia joins the program to discuss his thoughts on the upcoming draft, the Pats needs and his ideas on why the Patriots may in fact trade up this season.
Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss the amazing season for the Celts and if they have any chance against Lebron and the Cleveland Cavs in a seven game series. If they do, HOW ... how do they get it done?
Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Joe and Lou Merloni talk with the hero of the night, Mookie Betts after the Red Sox come back to beat the Toronto Blue Jays in walk-off fashion in the first game of the series
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox super utility man Brock Holt, who hit the game winning 3 run home run that propelled the Red Sox over the Baltimore Orioles, and played some stellar defense to seal the win.
Continued Red Sox talk on benching Victorino and the Red Sox pitching issues..and Sean's love for the band Poison.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
DJ, Naoko and Pete get into the huge week for the Bruins that saw the franchise move on from GM Peter Chiarelli. They discuss why that was done and if they agree. What does this mean for Claude? They talk about Claude and if he can exist here. If not, who would work in Boston? They also get into the NHL Draft Lottery last night and talk to ESPN Boston's Joey "National" McDonald live from Tampa, Florida.
The great Marc Fucarile discussed his struggles since he lost his leg two years ago.
Glenn, Gerry and Kirk discussed the riots in Baltimore.
Frank Perullo joined the show to defend his poll.
The guys dissect Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday night.
The Red Sox rotation has the worst ERA in the league. No one thought this team had a true Ace, but did we think it was going to be this bad?
the top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the struggling Red Sox, in particular the tattered shape of their starting and relief pitching.
Dale and Michael discuss the sweeping nature of the exit of the Celtics, and whether or not Kelly Olynyk made a dirty play when he injured Kevin Love's shoulder early in the final game.
Mikey, Lenny, and Erin talk about the Sox 7-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Patriots Day and the Sox hold on first place in the AL East. Also, the Celtics trail the Cavs 1 Game to 0 in their 1st Round series and the 2015 Boston Marathon is in the books.
Mikey Adams, joined by Lenny Megliola and Chris Villani, talks about the Red Sox home opening win at Fenway and the Bruins fallout after missing the playoffs including the future of Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Football fans and Fantasy Footballers know that there is NO Offseason in the NFL, so Jim and Pete are back with the first of a series of Fantasy Football Podcasts of the “NFL Draft variety.” Tune in and you’ll get an in depth analysis on Pete’s most first batch of scouting reports on this year’s crop of Rookie Targets. Jim and Pete kick it off with a lot of focus on a Runningback rich draft class, some of the top Wide Receiver talent and touch on the top Quarterbacks, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Enjoy!
Uncle Buck joins Chris on the show again to talk about Raw from 4/20, finishing maneuvers and gives a few classic match picks.
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