Monday, March 31, 2014

Wilfork's new deal with Pats heavily incentive-based


New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork can make $8 million in 2014. He'll have to work for it, though.

Wilfork re-structured his contract with the team last week, following a two-week hangup between the two parties.

The 32-year-old veteran defender will have to jump through hoop after hoop to get the biggest return on his new deal, which was broken down by Field Yates of ESPN Boston.

First, Wilfork is guaranteed his $1.3 million signing bonus and $1.3 million base salary, but that's it. He can earn another combined $500,000 by meeting a weight clause incentive and snagging his offseason workout bonus.

Wifork then has the opportunity to make a couple more million if he's on the starting roster for a certain amount of games, and his financial return goes up as he plays in 50 percent, 60 percent or 70 percent of the team's defensive snaps.

There's also more incentives based on where the team's defense ranks in points allowed and whether it makes the divisional round of the playoffs.

Check out the full breakdown for not only 2014, but the other two years of his contract, here.

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