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New England Patriots Links 1/28/10 - Wilfork: "I Played My Tail Off"

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<em>Time to show him the money.</em>
Time to show him the money.

Shalise Manza Young offers her thoughts on the Vince Wilfork contract situation.

"I want a long-term deal, or I want to be free," Wilfork said in an appearance Wednesday on WEEI radio. "Point blank. And that’s how I’m looking at it. That’s how my family is looking at it. It’s a short window of opportunity for me to go and make the type of money that I want to make. And hey, like I said, family comes first."

Wilfork’s agent, Kennard McGuire, and the Patriots have not talked terms on an extension since before the start of the regular season, Wilfork said.

It would be surprising if New England did not elect to use its franchise tag on Wilfork. If that happens, it would then be surprising to see Wilfork at Gillette Stadium before Week 10 next season, the last week he could arrive and receive an accrued season.

The Hall at Patriot Place:  The AFL Turns 50 Exhibit

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Patriots and the AFL, The Hall at Patriot Place has unveiled "The AFL Turns 50," a special exhibit on display at The Hall throughout the 2009 season. "The AFL Turns 50" is the most extensive collection of AFL memorabilia available for viewing anywhere. This exhibit will be closing on February 7th, so check it out while you can.

Colts president Bill Polian is upset about the Pro Bowl set up this year: (and I heartily agree with him on this point.)

"It's stupid. It's a disruption, but we'll deal with it."

"Well, we'll come back to practice on Wednesday. We'll practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They'll have off Saturday. If it weren't for the Pro Bowl disruption, they would have the weekend off, but they can't because we have to send those players to Miami to do Lord knows what. We'll come back and practice on Sunday and the Pro Bowl players will go and do whatever they have to do and then the team will leave on Monday.

(Host: So the Pro Bowl players you will fly down there and they just fly back that day?) I don't know that they fly them back. I think they plan to keep them down there that evening. They haven't even told us yet what this is all about. We don't even have any details or anything like that. Maybe they will call us Friday and tell us.

In any event the fact of the matter is that we're thinking that they're down there Sunday night and they will meet us Monday, which is a hell of a thing isn't it? It sends a great message to all the young people out there and all the coaches that talk teamwork that you take your best seven players and split them up from your team at the ultimate moment in sports."