Pats, Wilfork hope for long-term deal

Updated: February 23, 2010, 12:08 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

As expected, the New England Patriots on Monday assigned the franchise tag to defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, but both sides indicated they still hope to work out a long-term contract.

"A long-term agreement with Vince Wilfork has been the team's top contractual priority for some time," the Patriots announced in a statement confirming Wilfork was tagged. "Unfortunately, despite numerous conversations and proposals, the goal has not yet been realized. Vince is a tremendous player ...

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