Originally written on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 9/30/13

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 12: Vince Wilfork 75 of the New England Patriots watches the action from the sidelines during the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
How can the Patriots replace Vince Wilfork, who is reportedly out for the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon? They can’t. No way, no how. If everyone in the league was suddenly a free agent and the Patriots had an unlimited budget and zero salary cap implications, they still could not replace Vince Wilfork. …. One more time so we’re crystal clear on this: THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT for a player like Vince Wilfork. Other than Tom Brady, Wilfork is the longest-tenured player on the team. Drafted 21st overall in 2004 out of the University of Miami, as a rookie Wilfork helped the Patriots win their third Super-Bowl in four years and has gone on to become a perennial Pro-Bowler and All-Pro defensive tackle. But his importance goes well beyond his contributions on the field. A team captain for each of the last six seasons, Wilfork is the unquestioned leader of the defense and there is no one in the Patriots’ locker room, Tom-Terrific included, whose words carry more weight than Wi...
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