Patriots statement on Wilfork & tag

February, 22, 2010
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The following is part of a press release issued the Patriots regarding the assignment of the non-exclusive franchise tag to Vince Wilfork:

"A long-term agreement with Vince Wilfork has been the team's top contractual priority for some time. Unfortunately, despite numerous conversations and proposals, the goal has not yet been realized. Vince is a tremendous player for our team and remains a significant part of our future plans. It is because of Vince's importance to this organization that we have assigned the franchise designation as we continue to work toward a long-term agreement. We are hopeful that Vince will remain a Patriot for many years to come."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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