Vince Wilfork Weighs Merits of Retirement Versus Playing Out Length of Contract Until 2014


BOSTON — Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork has been living the good life with his family in Florida during the lockout, and it has tempted him to think about the "R" word.

Could Wilfork, who signed a five-year, $40 million deal last season, actually retire?

Well, Wilfork said he hasn't seriously considered retiring, but he also wasn't joking when he broached the subject Tuesday morning. And he brought it up all on his own, too.

Wilfork will be all set for the 2011 season, but he'll turn 30 in November and will be 33 after his contract expires. It might just be the last contract he signs.

"I tell my wife all the time I can get used to retirement, and she kind of looks at me kind of crazy," Wilfork said. "But at the same time, I'm being for real. I'm going on eight years now. I'm healthy, lord blessed me to play as long as I did, no major injuries. So many times, you see people walk away from this game that are beat up and can't walk and all different types of stuff."

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