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Vince Wilfork, Patriots agree to three-year extension

Vince Wilfork's work address will remain in Foxborough.

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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Wilfork and the New England Patriots have agreed on a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension, according to a source involved in the deal. The deal averages $7.5 million per year and includes $3 million in guaranteed money.

The news comes three days after Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he was "still not giving up hope" the team could work out a new deal to keep the defensive stalwart entrenched in New England.

Wilfork asked for his release earlier this month after the Patriots approached him about adjusting his contract. Under the terms of his previous deal, he was set to make $7.5 million in 2014, with a salary cap charge of $11.6 million stemming from the five-year pact he signed in 2010.

Wilfork turns 33 in November and is coming off a torn Achilles tendon. He wasn't moving as well before the injury, but remains one of the most disruptive tackles in the NFL when healthy. The Patriots still believe he can play, and now both sides have found common ground to move forward together.

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