As the Patriots have clearly informed Vince Wilfork that he will not be an option for the team in the upcoming 2015 and 2016 seasons, for the first time in the career the athlete will become a free agent. Although Wilfork has just signed a new deal with the Patriots last year, roster bonuses and guarantees have made it impossible for another renegotiation. By doing so, the team have also freed up nearly $8 million in 2015 against the salary cap. If Wilfork thinks about restructuring his deal, then he also needs to forfeit all types of leverage in respect to earning that money which also makes him exposed to the possibility of a summer release. If the Patriot do ask him to restructure this week, which is highly probable, then both of the sides will be very well prepared to split up after spending 11 seasons together.
The duo have battled it over in the past over contracts especially in 2009, 2010, and 2014. The divorce, however, seems peaceful at all by comparison, at least that seems on the surface. Wilfork, in a statement, has thanked the Patriots organization and the fans for their amazing support for 11 years. He has also kept all his future options open in the NFL and not ruling out a return to the Patriots.