The New England Patriots' decision to slap the franchise tag on Matt Cassel, guaranteeing almost $15 million to their backup quarterback, means that between Cassel and Tom Brady, about a quarter of the team's entire 2009 salary cap is tied up just in the quarterback position. And that means there's less money for everyone else, as Vince Wilfork is finding out.
Wilfork, the Patriots' enormous nose tackle, is due an $800,000 base salary for 2009, the last season on the contract he signed as the Patriots' first-round pick (21st overall) in 2004. That's a paltry salary for a player of Wilfork's caliber, and he thinks he's due a nice new contract with a nice raise. But he tells the Boston Globe that although the Patriots know he'd like to do a new deal, he hasn't heard anything from them in a year.
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