Patriots want to restructure Wilfork’s deal

Posted March 08, 2014, at 4:39 p.m.

The New England Patriots have been in talks with defensive tackle Vince Wilfork about restructuring his contract, according to

Wilfork has one year and $7.5 million left on his deal but counts as an $11.6 million hit against the salary cap for the year. The Patriots want to reduce that figure.

The team is reportedly trying to get Wilfork to either accept a pay cut or sign an extension that spreads some of that $11.6 million into future years.

Wilfork, 32, only played four games last season because of a torn Achilles tendon and finished with nine tackles.

It is also possible the Patriots could release Wilfork if he refuses to restructure his deal.