It appears the team and the All-Pro nose tackle have found common ground on which to stand for the next three years. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Wilfork and the Patriots have agreed to a reworked contract agreement.
Wilfork, who turns 33 this offseason, refused to take a pay cut when initially approached by the team about it. He is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury and was slated to earn $7.5 million in 2014 and count for $11.6 million under the salary cap this coming season.
Although the particulars have yet to be released, it appears the average per year of the new contract mirrors that $7.5 million figure, although it remains to be seen how much of that money is guaranteed and how it's divvied up per year.
Despite reports that had Wilfork demanding to be released, it appears the two sides cleared the air. At this week's NFL owners meetings, Kraft said he hoped that Wilfork would remain a Patriot and head coach Bill Belichick refuted the way that some characterized the standoff with Wilfork and the team.
Wilfork issued a statement via Twitter:
There's a great chance now that one of the team's signature players can end his career with the team that drafted him in 2004.
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