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Wilfork: 'They kept their word to me'

Posted by Albert Breer  March 10, 2010 12:00 PM

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And that's not to denigrate Vince. It's who he is, and that figures to be a powerful asset for the Patriots for years to come.

He did his job, adhered to the program and, without having to stage a high-profile holdout, got the big-time, long-term deal that all players want coming off his rookie deal. That he might be the first Patriot in this regime to have things play out that way should work to keep other younger guys on board if contract tumult comes in their own situations.

Here's the message, directly from Vince, that represents the team's peripheral benefit in this situation:

"This team goes through a lot every year to win. They make decisions based on what's best for the team. I can only speak on my whole experience. Yes, there were ups and downs, and it was frustrating, and there were times when I thought it was close and things fell part. There were all types of mixed emotions to the whole thing. But at the end of the day, they kept their word to me. ... They kept it real with me."

We'll have more from Wilfork, and his personal side of this whole thing, in a little while.
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