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Texans DT Vince Wilfork Considering Retirement

Texans veteran DT Vince Wilfork told reporters (via Jane Slater) on Tuesday that he plans to consider retiring after this season.

Wilfork said that this if the first time he’s given thought to possibly walking away from the NFL, but he added that there’s nothing definitive yet. Wilfork also cited other interests such as “horses and fishing” and not having to schedule things as another reason to consider walking away, per Slater.

Wilfork, is a former first-round pick of the Patriots back in 2004. After 11 years in New England Wilfok signed on with the Texans in 2015.

He’s currently in the final year of his two-year, $9 million contract. The deal contains $5 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $4 million for the 2016 season.

In 2016, Wilfork appeared in 15 games for the Texans and recorded 21 tackles, no sacks and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 98 interior defensive lineman out of 123 qualifying players.