BOSTON (CBS) – Vince Wilfork is staying in New England.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Wilfork and the Patriots restructured his contract.

The new deal is three years and worth $22.5 million according to Schefter.

However, given the guaranteed money, Schefter clarified that it’s more of a one-year deal worth up to $8.5 million, with options for two years.

Wilfork sent out a note on Twitter thanking his supporters and critics.

“It’s been hard to remain quiet and let things take its course but it has been the best thing to do,” Wilfork wrote. “Negotiations are never easy, especially when you have a 10-year history with a team and more importantly, relationships. For those who have supported me, I thank you. For those who have called me every name in the book, I thank you too. My intentions have never changed 10 years ago. My goal was to retire a Patriot and as I sit here typing this, I am closer to achieving my goal. I look forward to getting back to football and helping my team compete and have a chance at winning a Super Bowl.”

Earlier this month, NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport reported that Wilfork had requested to be released from the Patriots. Wilfork was due to cost the Patriots $11.6 million against the cap this season.



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