Vince Wilfork looking to get out of New England

Jim Rogash

New England Patriots defensive tackle has asked for his release from the team, according to reports. The Patriots asked Wilfork to restructure his contract - and it's probably safe to say that the discussion did not go well.

The New England Patriots could be headed toward a huge loss - literally and figuratively.  According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has requested his release after 10 years with the Patriots  The 2004 first round Draft pick and five-time Pro Bowl selection is entering the final year of his contract and is set to cost $11.6 million against the New England salary cap number.

The Patriots reportedly asked Wilfork recently to restructure his contract to lower his cap number.

Wilfork spent most of last season dealing with a torn Achilles tendon, limiting him to just four games played.

If Wilfork is released, could the Miami Dolphins jump into the pursuit?  Wilfork was born in Boynton Beach, Florida, went to high school in Lantana, Florida, and attended the University of Miami.  Selling him on coming home to South Florida could be a big part of chasing Wilfork.

Miami would have the salary cap space to sign Wilfork, and he would be a pretty effective replacement for Paul Soliai, who signed with the Atlanta Falcons this year.  Miami did sign Earl Mitchell for that reason, but a player of Wilfork's ability is not on the market often.

What are your thoughts?  Would you chase Wilfork?  Do you think he will be healthy after the Achilles tear?

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