"We want to thank the Kraft family and the entire Patriots organization for the last 11 years, however we will be starting a new chapter in our lives as
Wilfork, 33, has spent his entire career in New England. The Pats declined his option, making him a free agent.
He's played a full 16 games in four of the past five seasons and has 516 career tackles to go with 16 sacks. Wilfork is reuniting with Texans coach Bill O'Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, who formerly coached in New England.
Free-agent nose tackle
Wilfork's agent Kennard McGuire lives in Houston and has said in the past week that he's hopeful Wilfork will join the Texans. Wilfork and McGuire are close friends.
Before the Patriots declined the option on his contract, Wilfork had spent his entire 11-year career with the Patriots. In New England, he totaled 516 tackles and 16 sacks.
If Wilfork were to sign with the Texans, he would be reuniting with coach Bill O'Brien, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. O'Brien and Crennel were coaches during his tenure with the Patriots and Vrabel was a teammate.
There is mutual interest between free-agent defensive tackle
"One of the benefits from the organization's standpoint is that of familiarity," McGuire said. "Vince played with [linebackers coach Mike] Vrabel. He was coached by [Bill O'Brien] and [defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel].
"I think all of those elements are appealing to Vince. As he weighs all of the options I believe when that landscape is clear I'm hoping that he will look here."
O'Brien and Crennel were former
The Patriots declined to pick up Wilfork's option earlier this month. Wilfork has spent his entire career to this point in New England, totaling 516 tackles and 16 sacks.
he Patriots declined Wilfork's option on March 5, making him a free agent as of Tuesday. The 33-year-old registered 516 combined tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries and three interceptions through 11 seasons with the Patriots.
|2004||New England Patriots||16||42||27.0||15||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2005||New England Patriots||16||54||40.0||14||0.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2006||New England Patriots||13||50||40.0||10||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2007||New England Patriots||16||48||36.0||12||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2008||New England Patriots||16||66||45.0||21||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2009||New England Patriots||13||43||31.0||12||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2010||New England Patriots||16||57||46.0||11||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||52||29.0||23||3.5||2||47||23.5||28||0||5|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||48||29.0||19||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2013||New England Patriots||4||9||4.0||5||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||47||24.0||23||0||1||1||1.0||1||0||2|
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|2004||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||0|
|2005||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2006||New England Patriots||13||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2007||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2008||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2009||New England Patriots||13||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||0||0||1||0||2||0||2||1|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0||2||0||4||2||4||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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