By Anthony Caruso III
March 16th, 2015, 3:51 PM EST
While he’s said that the New England area will always be his home, Vince Wilfork will not be a member of the New England Patriots anymore. There was talk that he could return at a lesser price; however, that was not the case.
“This has been a interesting process for me and my family one we have taken very seriously and given a lot of thought,” Wilfork said. “We want to thank the Kraft family and the entire Patriots organization for the last 11-years; however, we will be starting a new chapter in our lives as Houston Texans…. The coaching staff in Houston has made this new exciting transition feel like home to us. We will forever be Patriots in our hearts. Thank you everyone for everything.”
At 33-years-old, he’s still one of the top run stoppers in the league. According to Pro Football Focus, he’s a Top six 3-4 tackle.
Besides O’Brien, Wilfork is also familiar with Romeo Crennel, the Texans defensive coordinator, who he played for during his rookie season in 2004. He’s also a huge get for the Texans, and fills the team’s nose-tackle role with J.J Watt coming off the end.
Wilfork is also expected to mentor sophomore NT Louis Nix.