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Patriots Decline Vince Wilfork’s Option Making Him A Free Agent

Update:

Ian Rapaport reports that the Patriots have left the door open for NT Vince Wilfork to return next season at a reduced salary.

  • Rapoport adds that this will, of course, depend on his options in free agency.

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Patriots veteran NT Vince Wilfork announced via his Twitter account Thursday that the Patriots will not be picking up his two-year team option. This will result in Wilfork being a free agent.

Wilfork, 33, had a $4 million roster bonus coming his way next weeks to go along with a $3 million base salary for the 2015 season. He also had another $5 million coming his way in 2016.

Last year, the Patriots released Wilfork only to bring him back on a reworked deal just a few weeks later.

In 2014, Wilfork appeared in 16 games and recorded 47 tackles, one interception and two pass defenses for New England. Pro Football Focus has Wilfork rated as the No. 13 defensive end in a 3-4 system.