ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss released his Tuesday mailbag, and one of the obvious topics had to do with defensive lineman Vince Wilfork – who is in the middle off negotiations which will hopefully lead to a contract extension.

According to Reiss, he believes that the two sides will reach an agreement, and feels that the team knows how valuable Wilfork is and will find a way to get something done.

“It’s my belief that the Patriots know how valuable Wilfork is to them,” writes Reiss.  “No one has gone on the record with specifics about contract offers, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there is some big money being discussed to keep the big man. My prediction is that no extension will be reached before the Feb. 25 deadline, so he will be tagged, but that the sides will keep working on it and there is still a chance he will sign an extension with New England before the start of the season.”

Reiss also outlines some scenarios that a deal might entail.  Definitely a good read for those of you who haven’t read it yet.