Pats, Vince Wilfork playing nice so far

Updated: February 22, 2010, 11:32 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

When a player is assigned the franchise tag, it is almost cliché at this point to state that a team "slapped" him with it.

What unfolded Monday between the New England Patriots and nose tackle Vince Wilfork didn't seem like a slap. It was more like a kiss.

Whether that results in a long-term contract agreement remains to be seen, but the public statements issued by both sides were anything but contentious, which probably means that there has been at least some momentum toward ...

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