4:51 PM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014

Tom Brady going to the Derby, Devin McCourty goes back to college and Patriots kicking tires on college wide receivers

1. Tom Brady is going back to the Kentucky Derby. According to this report, the quarterback is expected to make the trek to Churchill Downs this year, along with current teammate Vince Wilfork, ex-Patriot Wes Welker and a boatload of celebs. This year’s Derby takes place on May 2 and 3, so expect more of [...]

Rob Ninkovich talks Vince Wilfork, Patrick Chung and rest of Patriots offseason moves

FOXBORO — Rob Ninkovich talked about the additions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner on Tuesday morning, but also addressed a handful of other topics, including the return of Vince Wilfork, the loss of coach Pepper Johnson and some of the other offseason moves made to this point by the Patriots: On the return of [...]

Clayborn/Morgan double dip rates highly

In a piece on SportsonEarth.com, Mike Tanier looks at the best all-time "double dips" in the first round of the NFL draft. When a team hits on two first-round picks in the same year, it can be a franchise-altering turn of events. The New England Patriots have had multiple first-round selections twice in Bill Belichick's tenure, with the combination of defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and tight end Benjamin Watson in 2004, and the duo of defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont'a Hightower in 2012.
Boston Herald Apr 2, 2014
Patriots Notebook: Vince Wilfork talks include Devin McCourty

Patriots Notebook: Vince Wilfork talks include Devin McCourty

FOXBORO — Devin McCourty earned his captaincy last week, as he could be credited with an assist in keeping stalwart Vince Wilfork in a Patriots uniform.The safety was in Florida with Wilfork when the nose tackle signed a new contract that could keep him with the Pats for three more seasons, a deal that served as a peaceful resolution to a contentious round of negotiations. The pact kept the face of the defense in town during a monumental offseason.

Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Vince Wilfork, Robert Kraft and Patriots spending habits

FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price analyze the return of Vince Wilfork, following his three-year, $22 million extension and what it means for the Patriots going forward. Petraglia and Price also discuss Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his growing fatigue with ‘petty’ financial issues every season.

Closer look at Vince Wilfork's cap hits

One of the initial questions that was asked when details of Vince Wilfork's renegotiated contract surfaced was, "What are the salary-cap charges?" Here is the breakdown: 2014: $6.8 million (if Wilfork maxes out incentives, can rise to $10.7 million) 2015: $8.4 million (can rise to $8.9 million with incentives) 2016: $6.4 million (can rise to $6.9 million with incentives) Wilfork was scheduled to count $11.6 million against the 2014 salary cap, so the renegotiation saved the team $4.
Breaking down Vince Wilfork's complex new contract with the Patriots

Breaking down Vince Wilfork's complex new contract with the Patriots

Vince Wilfork's new contract has been filed with the league, and as expected, it's a complicated deal. Essentially, it's a one-year contract worth a maximum of $8 million, and the team has until the conclusion of the 2014 league year to exercise the final two seasons of the contract. The cash value over the life of the deal is $19 million, and Wilfork can earn up to $23 million over the three seasons if he reaches all incentive clauses.Because of the complexity of the contract, we've included notes after each season.Here is the breakdown.
Boston Globe Mar 29, 2014

More on Vince Wilfork's contract

The details of Vince Wilfork's new 3-year, $22.5 million deal with the Patriots are starting to emerge.    

Breaking down Vince Wilfork's deal

Below is a breakdown of the contract Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork agreed to on Thursday with the team: 2014 Signing bonus: $1.3 million Base salary: $1.3 million (guaranteed) Weight clause incentive: $300,000 Offseason workout bonus: $200,000 Per game roster bonus 1: $500,000 for the first game on the 53-man roster Per game roster bonus 2: $87,500 for each game on the 46-man game day roster (up to $1.4 million) Playing-time incentives: If he plays 50 percent of the defensive snaps: $500,000 If he plays 60 percent of the defensive snaps: $1.
Boston Globe Mar 29, 2014

Patriots and Vince Wilfork met in the middle

Vince Wilfork has made a living for 10 years in the NFL by holding his ground. It’s part of the job description of a two-gap nose tackle, a position where a stalemate is a job well done. Not moving off his position has made Wilfork a five-time Pro Bowler on the field.    
KFFL Mar 29, 2014

Patriots | Vince Wilfork contract details

Updating previous items, New England ...
Pats Pulpit Mar 28, 2014
How Ryan Wendell Affects Patriots Off-Season Plans

How Ryan Wendell Affects Patriots Off-Season Plans

We've talked about Vince Wilfork's impact, but what about Ryan Wendell's? wait don't close this article I'm being serious Take a breather. This article won't be what you're expecting. We pointed out how the Patriots have only held four defensive tackles on the roster since they've moved to the 4-3 front and that the return of Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly essentially reduces the potential for an early splash at the position. They're not the long term solution, but they provide enough of a buffer that the Patriots don't have to place the position at the top of their list of needs. Think of...
Boston Globe Mar 28, 2014

Vince Wilfork’s return helps Patriots defense, but pass rush still needs fixing

Why are the Patriots so disinclined to beef up their pass rush, year after year after year?    
Pats Pulpit Mar 28, 2014

New England Patriots Links 3/28/14 - Compromise Key to Keeping Wilfork

Daily News and Links for 3/28/14 TEAM TALK Andy Hart passes along reports that indicate a new three-year contract will keep Vince Wilfork in New England. The writers of PFW break down 10 draft prospects they feel could be Patriots. PFW staff checks out some of the Patriots' players first tweets ever. From the NFL - Report: Wilfork to stay with Patriots. (2.24 min. video) The Joe Andruzzi Foundation - Jen and Joe Andruzzi 'Run as One'. (3.24 min. video) LOCAL LINKS Jeff Howe and Karen Guregian report there's no need to carve out a new face of the defense, as Vince Wilfork will...
KFFL Mar 28, 2014

Patriots | More on Vince Wilfork's deal

Updating previous reports, New England ...

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