Non-exclusive franchise tag for Wilfork

February, 22, 2010
The Patriots have assigned the non-exclusive franchise tag to defensive lineman Vince Wilfork today, according to an NFL source.

The non-exclusive tag means that other teams can host Wilfork on a free-agent visit and potentially sign him to an offer sheet (a player assigned the exclusive franchise tag couldn't negotiate with other teams). If the Patriots decide not to match a potential offer sheet, they would receive two first-round draft choices. Because of that high cost, it is rare for a non-exclusive franchise tag player to change teams with an offer sheet.

If Wilfork signs his non-exclusive franchise tender with the Patriots, it would be a one-year deal at $7 million.

More on this to come.

Tom Curran of previously tweeted that Wilfork received the franchise tag. Shalise Manza-Young of the Providence Journal previously tweeted that today looked like the day Wilfork would receive the tag.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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