Here's my thinking on the Patriots/Wilfork potential divorce:
Wilfork feels he has done enough in the past be paid for the future while the Patriots feel his Achilles injury could mean a major drop in production going forward.
Neither will budge. I guarantee it. Wilfork wants one more payday and the Patriots need concessions if they have any hope in resigning Julian Edelman because of their cap right now.
I don't necessarily see the Patriots cutting him, but I see a more likely scenario of trading him and at least getting a mid to upper round pick. He is the best NT and top 5 DT. The Pats can hang on to him and then franchise him next year if they want but I don't see them letting him go without compensation from someone.
I'm thinking Steve Smith being released actually helps the Patriots' chances of retaining Edelman. The same teams that were looking at him are looking at Smith which means there will be one less suitor for him.