Patriots sign tagged DT Wilfork to five-year contract

The Patriots locked up their biggest offseason priority Friday, signing franchise-tagged DT Vince Wilfork.

Wilfork signed a five-year deal that’s worth a maximum of $40 million, including an $18 million signing bonus and $25 million guaranteed, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.

Wilfork has been an anchor in the middle of the Patriots’ defense since he was the 21st overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Now, he’s reportedly one of the highest-paid defensive tackles in league history. Wilfork first reacted to the news via Twitter.

“Thanks to everyone who supported us during our time here in New England, it has meant a great deal to us,” Wilfork tweeted. “With that being said we are pleased to say we will be here for MANY more years to come.”

Had Wilfork not agreed to a new contract with the Patriots, he would have been paid $7.003 million next season under the franchise tag.

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