Baltimore Ravens in the hunt for Vince Wilfork


The Baltimore Ravens have a huge hole to fill along the defensive line, and might fill that hole with the literally the biggest free agent available.

The Ravens are reportedly one of the final three teams on Vince Wilfork’s wish list following his release from the New England Patriots.

The former All-Pro reportedly has numerous teams fighting for his services with most believed to be in the two-year, $10 million range.

New England remains in the picture, but can’t count on a hometown discount after cutting the former University of Miami star. The Patriots signed Alan Branch to a two-year, $6.6 million deal, preparing themselves for life without Wilfork. The Patriots would have paid Wilfork $8.5 million for the 2015 season.

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Wilfork has narrowed his search down to Baltimore, Indianapolis and New England, but will take his time to make a decision.

There are about five or six other teams, mostly AFC teams, couple in the NFC, that are looking to add a player of Vince’s magnitude,” Wilfork’s agent and Houston-based Kennard McGuire, told Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston. “Vince is going to take his time.”

Houston Texans coaches and officials hosted Wilfork’s and his wife on Sunday and Monday, but no deal was reached and they most likely will not sign the defensive stalwart.

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  • Wilfork would be an ideal fit to replace Haloti Ngata, whom the Ravens traded to the Detroit Lions last week for a fourth and fifth-round pick. Wilfork has been known for his ability to eat up blockers, a trait that Ngata excelled at as well. The Ravens would essentially replace Ngata with a future Hall of Famer. Not to shabby for a “replacement.”

    Wilfork, a 6-foot-2, 325-pound nose tackle has played the last 11 seasons in New England where he won two Super Bowls. In his career, he has 516 tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles, 12 fumbles recovered, 25 passes defensed and three interceptions. He was named to the Pro Bowl five times and was a first-team All-Pro following the 2012 season.

    It might take some time for Wilfork’s to finally reach a decision, but Ozzie Newsome and his staff has to feel good about their chances to bring in the hard-nosed defensive tackle.

    REPORT: Wilfork has signed with the Houston Texans 

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