FanShot

Wilfork quiets down but Asante Samuel speaks up

15

The best parallel for Wilfork’s status may be Asante Samuel. In Feb. 2007, when Samuel was 26 years old and four years into his career, the Patriots hit Samuel with the franchise tag. The sides then struck a unique agreement for the season. If Samuel participated in 60 percent of the team’s defensive snaps or the Patriots won 12 games, the Patriots would not be able to franchise him again the next year. Samuel played the 2007 season and, when he was not franchised again, he signed a $56 million, six-year contract with the Eagles. Samuel received his pay day, but his dealings and negotiations with the Patriots left him with lingering animosity. Samuel offered a cutting perspective on how he thinks Wilfork should approach his contract situation with the Patriots. "I don’t think they care about you, in my opinion," Samuel said after the NFC’s Pro Bowl practice. "They didn’t care about me. So do what’s best for you and your family."