Turning point near for Vince Wilfork

It's the Patriots' move, as window for franchising begins Thursday

Updated: February 11, 2010, 8:38 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

In most contract negotiations, there are key checkpoints that shape the course of future talks. The Patriots and Vince Wilfork officially reached one Thursday when the two-week window in which NFL teams can assign the franchise tag to players began.

Wilfork, who went on the offensive a few weeks ago, said it would be a slap in the face to be tagged as it would limit his ability to fully experience the open free-agent market. Still, barring a contract extension before Feb. 25, he surely realizes ...

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