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Texans GM Rick Smith thinks DT Vince Wilfork is done

Houston Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork (75) looks up at the scoreboard during the NFL game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts on December 11, 2016, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire

Houston Texans GM Rick Smith recently spoke about defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, and, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he said:

“My expectation is that Vince is not playing anymore.”

Wilfork is 35. He hasn’t technically stepped away from the game yet, but he doesn’t necessarily sound like a guy who is coming back for another year. After his season ended, Wilfork said the following about his career, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle:

“I left my soul on the field. I played with a passion. I had a lot of fun. I loved my teammates. I gave football my all. I never played football half-speed. Everything I had, they got.”

The long-time Patriot also praised his most recent team, saying of the Texans:

“This organization is top-notch. I’ve never had no issues with this organization. It was good for me to come down and be a part of an organization like this. They’re first-class. I’m very fortunate to be part of this organization. That’s something I’ll always cherish. I feel that was the right move for me. I think this change was good for me.”

All that being said, he was asked in March what he thought he was going to do. Wilson reported that he said:

“I’m not really paying attention to the decision right now. When it’s time to make a decision, I’ll make a decision. I don’t know when that will be. I’m in no rush whatsoever.”

The Texans seem confident that his career is over, but he’ll have to make that decision himself.

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