New England Patriots are so desperate to keep their defensive tackle Vince Wilfork that owner Robert Craft has publicly stated they want to keep him. 

Wilfork has been with the Patriots all of his ten-year career and over the course of that time he has epitomised what the Pats defense has been about. 

The powerful defender may not tick all the boxes as a player and he doesn't have the best resume in terms of the stats sheet, but in 132 starts for the Pats he has provided plenty of intangibles.

Wilfork strikes a fear into opposition defenses that has given head coach Bill Belichick plenty of options, especially in recent seasons.

However, with the Pats continued issues in the secondary and Wilfork injury problems in 2013, questions had clouded his future at Gillette Stadium. 

These difficulties haven't stopped Kraft expressing his desire to keep Wilfork. 

"He is one of my personal favorites," Kraft said in an interview with reporters in Orlando, Florida. "I surely hope Vince will be with us next year."

Furthermore, Kraft admitted issues still remained around keeping the big man on board. 

"I very much hope we get it done and I believe he very much would like to do it as well," Kraft said. "We'll see what happens."

    

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