Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork says he wants a long-term deal from the Patriots or he is ready to move on.
During a Wednesday radio interview with the Dale & Holley Show on WEEI, the free-agent-to-be voiced his feelings about possibly getting the franchise tag from New England.
“I want a long-term deal, or I want to be free. Point blank.” Wilfork said.
“Yeah, [the franchise tag is] decent money for most people out there. What I do, it’s OK,” Wilfork added. “But I don’t look at myself as an OK player. Like I said, it’s just basically a slap in my face and it’s insulting to me to tell me I’m an OK player.”
Wilfork, a first-round pick by the Patriots in 2004, just finished the final season of a six-year rookie deal.
“And now that deal is up, it’s time for me to move forward,” Wilfork said. “If that’s with the Patriots or without the Patriots.”
In six seasons, Wilfork has started 80 games for New England.