With news breaking today that Vince Wilfork's two-year contract option will not get picked up by the New England Patriots, the 11-year veteran will become an unrestricted free agent on March 10 - for the first time in his career.
Current and former players took to Twitter to share their opinions (of course, neither them nor we know for sure where Wilfork will play next year).
Damn V! You leaving me big bruh. I aint gon be able to clown & laugh & argue wit you no mo bout the U. Damn man this shit sucks. @wilfork75— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) March 5, 2015
@wilfork75 locker room wont be the same without you big homie. Thanks for giving me the best rookie season I could ask 4.— Zach Moore (@zachmoore_90) March 5, 2015
S/o to one of the best to ever do it... Luv you big bro @wilfork75... Can't slap you no more lol— Josh Boyce (@Josh_Boyce) March 5, 2015
Jamie Collins (@KinG_8_JamiE) March 5, 2015
Damn y my big bro @wilfork75 helped me though a lot got me sick— Dominique Easley (@DominiqueEasley) March 5, 2015
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="de"><p>Been an honor to call this guy a teammate, but the best thing is now he's FAMILY. Hope we play together again <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Legend?src=hash">#Legend</a> <a href="http://t.co/o3dCjbw7mO">pic.twitter.com/o3dCjbw7mO</a></p>— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) <a href="https://twitter.com/McCourtyTwins/status/573798992947113985">March 6, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) March 5, 2015
@wilfork75 Total class. Congrats on everything you've accomplished here, big man.— Matt Chatham (@chatham58) March 5, 2015
The thing the Patriots will miss most about Wilfork is his leadership and locker room presence. It's difficult to replace that.— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) March 5, 2015
A tip of the hat is deserved for my guy @wilfork75 "HURRICANE!!!" (Pass rush conversations)— Rosevelt Colvin (@rcolvin3) March 5, 2015
Dan Koppen (@koppen67) March 5, 2015
Drew Bledsoe (@DrewBledsoe) March 5, 2015
Props out to the future Hall of Famer Vince Wilfork for everything he did for pats nation great player better person !!!— Rodney Harrison (@Rodney_Harrison) March 5, 2015
Vince Wilfork might not be a Patriot next year, but he will be a Patriot forever. The tweets above only echo this thought.