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Wilfork: 'It's time for me to move forward with the Patriots or not with the Patriots'

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  January 27, 2010 12:40 PM

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Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said he is trying to stay positive about his contract situation. His six-year deal with the Patriots is up and he is facing any number of scenarios that directly affect his future.

On WEEI Wednesday, Wilfork addressed his contract situation and said, "it's time for me to move forward, with the Patriots or not with the Patriots."

One option that Wilfork wants to avoid is being hit with the franchise tag. Wilfork said if he is tagged he would be insulted because it would imply he is simply an "OK player."

"It's basically a slap in my face and an insult to me to tell me I'm an OK player," Wilfork said. "It is what it is. If it happens, there's nothing I can do."

Wilfork added that a franchise tag doesn't provide him with the options he would like.

"You don't have that security that you want, a long-term deal where you're stationary, your family is stationary for another three, four, five years, you don't get the signing bonus you played all your career for," Wilfork said.

If a deal is to get done, Wilfork said he doesn't care who orchestrates it as long as it happens.

"I want a long-term deal or I want to be free -- point blank," Wilfork said. "That's how I"m looking at it and that's how my family is looking at it."

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