Wilfork announced his retirement from professional football Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
There had been speculation for months that Wilfork would call it a career, but now it's finally official. Over his 13 NFL seasons, Wilfork recorded 16 sacks and over 550 tackles. He's widely regarded as one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen of his era.
Texans general manager Rick Smith expects Wilfork to retire this offseason, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Wilfork is currently an unrestricted free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Texans. At 35 years old and with 13 NFL seasons in the books, Wilfork is obviously coming to the end of his playing career. While the five-time Pro Bowler said last month he's in no rush to make a decision, Smith's expectation echoes the sentiment that Wilfork has played his final snap.
Wilfork has not made a decision on his retirement at this point in time, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "I'm in no rush," Wilfork stated.
Wilfork, an unrestricted free agent, started all but one game for the Texans this past season and remained an integral part of the defensive line. While he isn't the same player he was in his prime, the 35-year-old nose tackle can still be an effective component of a defense in the right scheme and should thus be able to secure a job if he decides to continue his playing career.
Wilfork said he thinks the
Wilfork made two monster plays in the game. On a second-and-goal at the 2-yard line, he tackled Frank Gore for 1-yard loss, a play that preceded Jadeveon Clowney's strip-sack of quarterback Andrew Luck. And on the Colts' final play of the game, he hit Luck and forced the incompletion that secured Houston's victory. With just 19 tackles and zero sacks for the season, Wilfork isn't an IDP candidate, but has some real-world value as an interior presence.
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