The fact that Wilfork has ties to the organization also helps their odds of signing the five-time Pro Bowler.
“One of the benefits from the organization’s standpoint is that of familiarity.” McGuire said. “Vince played with (linebackers coach Mike) Vrabel. He was coached by (head coach) Billy O (O’Brien) and Rac (defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel).
“I think all of those elements are appealing to Vince. As he weighs all of the options I believe when that landscape is clear I’m hoping that he will look here.”
According to McGuire, no one team is in the lead right now, but there are about five or six teams interested in him at this point in time.
“I would not put anyone in the lead, but I would say that they have a legitimate shot to get him.” McGuire said. “Once again it’s because of familiarity, and if you look across the league guys do tend to migrate toward areas of familiarity.
“There are about five or six other teams, mostly AFC teams, couple in the NFC, that are looking to add a player of Vince’s magnitude.”
McGuire added that, Wilfork Vince is “going to take his time” making a decision.
New England elected to not pick up the two-year team option included in his contract, which gave him the opportunity to test the open market.
Some have speculated that other 3-4 base defense teams like the Colts, Packers, and/or Ravens could have interest in Wilfork as well. A return to the Patriots could still be an option for him as well.
Wilfork, 33, 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.