Looking through articles tonight I came accross one that I thought fans might want to be aware of.
Not to pick on him, but Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports threw out a statement that unfortunately unless he’s got a real reason to back it up, it’s enough to raise an eyebrow for Patriots fans who have to believe it’s way off base.
As Cole breaks down 3-4 defenses throughout the NFL, he makes a statement regarding Vince Wilfork that sounds more like something he’s actually heard instead of an opinion.
“There‚Äôs a lot of concern with the Patriots management that Vince Wilfork is going to bloat now that he has gotten paid.”
That statement basically¬†would leave the average fan to believe¬†that someone within Patriots management actually believes that Wilfork is going to¬†underperform this season now that he’s gotten a new contract.¬†It’s kind of funny to hear considering that¬†there have been no¬†such reports this offseason regarding this subject from any other member of the Boston media.
Wilfork signed a contract extension with New England back on March 9th.¬†¬† Prior to that¬†the Patriots¬†had utilized¬†their 2010 franchise designation on¬†him on February 22nd.
As I mentioned a while back with Michael Silver’s piece regarding Tom Brady’s contract, when you have a national audience you really need to be careful about what is thrown out there, and that sentence just seems like a silly thing to say unless there really is something to back it up.
But it is what it is.¬† Fans know what Wilfork brings to the table, and so far through minicamps he seems on track to pick up where he left off last season.¬† His offseason has more or less appeared to be business as usual, with the veteran nose tackle actively¬†involved with charities and events with his fellow players.¬† There were also no reports of him appearing overweight during any of the minicamps or OTA’s.
Needless to say it’s been an interesting offseason considering a lot of what’s been written.¬† As for me, I have to say that it will just¬†be nice once training camp begins¬†- hopefully then these types of reports will finally go away.