Vince Wilfork said that if the Franchise tag was slapped on him this season he would consider it a “slap in the face”. We’ll today Vince got slapped. Projo.com had it first:
“New England is well within its rights to franchise the 28-year old two-time Pro Bowler, and he will receive a one-year, guaranteed $7.003 million for the coming season.
From here, Wilfork and the Pats can try to work out a long-term deal (which happened in New York last year, with the Giants and running back Brandon Jacobs), or New England could decide to remove the tag, which would make Wilfork a free agent.
Wilfork can try to work out a deal similar to the one Asante Samuel did in 2007, when Samuel got the team to agree not to franchise him a second time if New England won 12 games or Samuel played in 60 percent of the defensive snaps; or he can hold out until Week 10, the last date he can report and still receive a credited season”
The Pats had to do it. They weren’t able to come to a long term deal and had a set amount of time that they could slap the tag on him. So he might be angry, real angry but he still will be a Patriot for at least one year and hopefully more.
UPDATE: Mrs. Vince Wilfork via Twitter: "The franchise tag has been applied. After six years of dedicated service i do understand this is a business. With that being said it is my hope that the tag is applied for its true purpose. For the purpose of alotting more time for us to continue our talks and be able to reach along term agreement. Only time will tell what the final result will be."