The New England Patriots released defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, this according to the player himself via a message from his Twitter account.
Wilfork is an 11-year veteran who has played his entire career with the Patriots. He was drafted with the 21st pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, the second defensive tackle taken behind only Tommie Harris, whom the Bears selected at pick 14. The fact that Wilfork is still in the league and very productive while Harris has been retired for a few years now is a tough pill to swallow, but that’s the nature of injuries.
At 325 pounds, Wilfork is a mountain of man and the poster boy for what a team wants out of its nose tackle when running a 3-4 defense. The Bears have announced that they are making a switch to a base 3-4 defense, and while Wilfork in his prime would have been my top free agent choice, Wilfork at 33 years old is not the ideal solution, especially considering the Bears have holes all over the defense and they need to get younger, not older.
Much like I mentioned about Trent Cole, the only way I can see the Bears going after Wilfork is if he’s a short, stopgap solution at a cheap price, just to make the defense respectable. Unfortunately, I don’t see him fitting that role and he’ll likely find a more playoff-ready team for which to play.