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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vince shows at camp, still wants a contract

By: Greg

Big Vince Wilfork sat out voluntary OTAs last week because he wanted a new longer contract but he showed up for mandatory mini camp yesterday. When interviewed by Dale and Holley on WEEI monday he said that he would have trouble missing mini camp because he is a football player and wants to play so bad. He said he wants to be a Patriot long term because he loves the coaches and could not see him playing with other team mates. He added later that he is not looking for Haynesworth money (100 Mill) but something that both sides can agree with.

I say get it done. Wilfork is one of the best DTs in the game and gives our linebackers room to roam and make tackles. He is a perfect fit in the 3-4 and for BBs schemes. I would try to get it done sooner than later so it wont be a distraction.

In the interview with WEEI, he also said that because of his golf game people call him baby tiger, yea I can see the resemblance.

Here is an interview from the Globe after practice yesterday with baby Tiger:

You decided to show up today. What was your decision based on?
“How I felt and looking forward. I love football. It’s something mandatory. I signed a six-year deal. I’m going to meet all my obligations and that’s being here for mandatory stuff. That’s why I was here. It wasn’t a big deal if I was going to show up or not. All this while, I knew where I kind of wanted to be. At the same time, I still had some uncertainty of what was going on and do I really want to come out here? But at the end of the day, I felt it was best for me to come out here and it’s best for the organization to know that I am out here. At the end of the day, I’m still a Patriot and I want to be a Patriot. I’m looking forward to a great camp. I’m looking forward to a great season. Hopefully we can move forward from here. I’m here in camp, having fun, and it’s nothing like being around a group of guys that love you. My teammates show me a lot of love and a lot of respect. They know what I bring to this game and I’m happy to be back here with my teammates.”
Do you think the fact you are here will trigger any progress or discussion?
“I hope so, but who knows what the future holds? I keep saying that I love this organization, I love my teammates and coaches. I don’t think there is any better place out there I’d rather be. That’s not the issue here. Hopefully we can move forward. … I’ll be practicing and with my teammates doing everything in my [power] that I can do to stay around here.”
Do you feel like you made a point by missing OTAs? Were you trying to make a point?
“I wasn't trying to make a point. They knew. I didn’t leave them in the [dark]. I told them I wasn’t coming. They understand the business aspect to it. We’re moving forward from here. My first day back, I’m happy. This is my life. Football is my life. This is what I love, my family knows I love it, but at the same time I have to do what is smart for my family. Right now, the smart thing thing is to be here, playing football, what I do best. Let’s see what happens from here.”
Did the possibility of being fined [and being at risk of losing other money] influence your decision at all?
“I was aware of that for a while, but I wouldn’t say that played a big part in my decision to come here. I told you, that’s in my contract, to be here. I live up to my word. It’s mandatory. I will be here. I don’t care what it is. You saw me at the golf tournament. That gave you guys a hint there, that I am going to be at this mandatory stuff. It’s part of my six-year deal and I’m going to fulfill it to the best I can. That’s playing football.”
Are you concerned at all that it could hurt your bargaining position?
“Not at all. I could care less about that. At the end of the day, they know who I am as a person and a player. That doesn’t mean anything to me. That’s out of my mind. I don’t care about what bargaining; that doesn’t matter to me.”
Why is it important for you to get this settled?
“It’s six years in, and I want to get locked up. I don’t want to go on the free market. It’s a possibility if I reach that point, I won’t be here. I don’t want that to happen. That’s why I’m doing everything in my [power] to do everything I can do to stick around and try to get something done before the end of the season. I’m pretty sure the Patriots are going to do the same thing. There is no bad blood between us.”

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