Wilfork has played out his initial six-year contract and he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. His ability to fully experience the free-agent market, however, could be restricted by the franchise tag (which pays a player the average of the top five players at his position on a one-year deal).
"I want a long-term deal," Wilfork said when asked about his situation following the team’s 33-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs. "That’s something me and my wife [Bianca], we want. We’re going to try to get a long-term deal done, that’s first and foremost."
Wilfork, who is the team's top free agent, said he could imagine himself playing for another team.
"This whole process I think was best for my family –- family first," Wilfork said of a year in which he didn’t attend voluntary minicamps in the spring as a statement of displeasure with his contract, but later showed up for all mandatory activities. "We'll attack it with what is best for my family."