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Wilfork: Long-term deal is goal

Updated: January 10, 2010, 5:51 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Nose tackle Vince Wilfork reiterated his desire to remain with the New England Patriots, but he emphasized he would be upset if the team assigns him the franchise tag.

Wilfork has played out his initial six-year contract and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. His ability to fully experience the free-agent process, however, could be restricted if the Patriots put the franchise tag on him.

"I want a long-term deal," Wilfork said when asked ...

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