Wilfork rejected Pats restructured extension

Wilfork rejected Pats restructured extension
March 24, 2014, 11:30 pm

ORLANDO -- We have some light to shed on the Vince Wilfork situation.

Prior to Wilfork requesting his release, the Patriots asked the veteran defensive tackle to restructure his 2014 contract so that his salary would be based on playing time. The thresholds Wilfork would have to attain to realize all of the $7.5 million salary he is currently due to be paid are not known but, in the offer Wilfork rejected, he could still realize the $7.5 million without playing every game.

Wilfork blew out his Achilles in the fourth game of the 2013 season. It's likely he'll start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and -- given the length of time necessary to recover from an Achilles -- his availability for the start of the season is also in question. Wilfork was paid $6.5 million in 2013.

The restructure also included an extension. The length and value of that is not known, nor is it known whether the 2014 component of the offer is contingent on Wilfork agreeing to future years.

In other words, the light we have to shed is a flashlight and not full illumination.

Wilfork asked for his release and hasn't been heard from since. I was told by a source on Sunday that Wilfork cleaned out his locker at Gillette Stadium, and confirmed it with a second source Monday.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said on Monday he's holding out hope the two sides can come to a resolution.