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Report: Vince Wilfork cleans out his locker

03.24.14 at 4:49 pm ET
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According to a Boston Herald report, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork has cleaned out his locker at Gillette Stadium and taken down his nameplate.

The veteran, who reportedly requested his release earlier this month, hasn’t spoken publicly since that news broke, but according to the Herald, he’s disgruntled enough to consider his time in New England to be done.

That news comes in the wake of a public statement from owner Robert Kraft, who said Monday that he’s holding out hope that the two sides can come to some sort of agreement that would allow Wilfork to stay with the Patriots. Speaking at the league meetings in Orlando, Kraft called Wilfork one of his “personal favorites,” and struck an optimistic tone.

“We’€™ve been very close, and I’€™ll let Vince speak to whatever he feels is appropriate,” Kraft said. “I very much hope we get it done, and I believe he very much would like to do it as well. We’€™ve been so lucky to have him. So we’€™ll see what happens.

“€œYou know, for him, he’€™s making some individual decisions. For us, we have to put a team together of over 50 people,” he added. “We have a salary cap. In the end, it’€™s about both parties feeling it’€™s a good transaction and it’€™s a win-win. I think that’€™s what we’€™re both shooting for.”

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