There have been plenty of whispers about the future of Vince Wilfork after the veteran defensive lineman reportedly cleaned out his locker thanks to a difference of opinion about a potential restructure, but it appears that his future is now safe here in New England.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Wilfork and the Patriots agreed on a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension, which will now see him remain with the team that drafted him 10-years ago.

Wilfork was heading into the final year of a 5-year deal that he signed in 2010 that saw him carry a high cap number of over $11-million, which was something the team needed to address as they continue trying to add talent to a group that finished just shy of a Super Bowl berth last season.  Fortunately Wilfork has a deal that according to the Boston Herald could see him earn up to $8 million this season, which includes $3 million guaranteed.

Overall it’s a win-win as the team now has some financial breathing room and Wilfork’s future is more secure, and all he’ll need to do is continue rehabbing the Achilles injury that he suffered in week four that sidelined him for the remainder of the 2013 season.

The veteran offered up his thoughts on Twitter, which now has him focused on helping his team win a championship.