Brightening skies on stormy Wilfork front?

Brightening skies on stormy Wilfork front?
March 25, 2014, 10:45 am
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ORLANDO -- Bill Belichick urged a reporter on Tuesday to “verify” with Vince Wilfork that the defensive tackle actually asked for his release.
 
During the annual Coaches Breakfast, Belichick was asked on two different occasions about Wilfork.
 
The first time through, Belichick was asked about contentiousness with Wilfork.
 
“Uh, I don’t really know what, you know, the nature of your question — maybe that’s something you’d have to talk about Vince about,” Belichick answered.
 
Asked if Wilfork indeed asked for his release, Belichick replied, “I’m not going to talk about anything with any of our specific players. I’m not going to get into that.”
 
Later, Belichick was asked again.
 
“If you have any questions about Vince, you should ask Vince, or (questions about) any other players, you should talk to those players,” he answered.
 
Where will the team go now that Wilfork requested his release?
 
“You need to talk to him about any of those statements. I think you should verify first,” Belichick warned.
 
I contacted Wilfork who replied, “I will respond to all media for FIRST TIME after my fate is determined!!!!”
 
Wilfork’s release request was reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network
 
His report came two days after the 2014 league year began and Wilfork’s $11.6 million cap hit went into effect. It also came on the heels of the Patriots acquiring Darrelle Revis.
 
The team hoped Wilfork would agree to restructure his deal to save 2014 cap room.
 
As we reported Monday night, Wilfork was given an offer that would allow him to realize his $7.6 million salary in 2014 if he was able to hit playing time thresholds.
 
Between Belichick cautioning reporters to “verify”, Wilfork stating his pending comments will be his “FIRST” remarks and owner Robert Kraft saying Monday he “surely hopes” that Wilfork will remain with the team, there seems to be a cooling off in progress since Wilfork cleaned out his locker and took down his nameplate.
 
What’s emerged in the past 18 hours is that, while the situation with Wilfork isn’t ideal, it is salvageable.