Vince Wilfork’s New Patriots Contract Could Cause More Issues In 2015

Vince WilforkThe New England Patriots aren’t out of the woods yet with Vince Wilfork and contract issues.

Wilfork happily will stay a Patriot in 2014, but the team has a big decision to make next March. Wilfork is owed a $4 million roster bonus on the first day of the 2015 league year under his new, extended contract, as detailed by ESPN.com.

If Wilfork plays well in 2014, it should be a no-brainer for the Patriots to keep the big nose tackle. If he underperforms or is injured again, however, Wilfork’s dream to retire as a Patriot might not come true, after all.

The Patriots initially saved $4.9 million against the salary cap by restructuring Wilfork’s deal, which now comes with a $1.3 million signing bonus and $1.3 million in guaranteed base salary. He can make $300,000 in a weight-clause incentive and $200,000 in an offseason-workout bonus.

Wilfork will earn $500,000 for the first game he’s on the 53-man roster and $87,500 for each game he’s active. Wilfork will make $500,000 for playing 50 percent of defensive snaps, $1.25 million for 60 percent, $2 million for 70 percent and $2.5 million if he plays 70 percent and the Patriots make the divisional round of the playoffs. He will make $500,000 if he plays 70 percent of defensive snaps and the team is top 10 in points allowed.

The maximum value on Wilfork’s contract in 2014 is $8 million.

Wilfork can earn up to $8.5 million in 2015 and $6.5 million in 2016 if the Patriots pick up his two-year option.

The Patriots are $7,805,703 under the salary cap, according to PatsCap.com.

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