The Indianapolis Colts made quite a splash in the first week of free agency, but they're likely not done making moves either. One of the most notable players remaining is one that many Colts fans want the team to pursue, as well as Colts players: longtime Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/eblack35">@eblack35</a>: what are Wilfork's top 3 targets? And who's the favorite?"" Houston, Baltimore, Indy.</p>— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) <a href="https://twitter.com/OmarKelly/status/577101898639085568">March 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
All three options make sense for the veteran. With the Texans, he not only would fill a big need but he would reunite with Romeo Crennel - the defensive coordinator of the Patriots in 2004 when Wilfork entered the league and currently the defensive coordinator of the Texans. Wilfork is visiting with the Texans today. With the Ravens, Wilfork would also fill a need created when Baltimore traded Haloti Ngata and would step in to a solid, consistent defense where he could contribute. And with the Colts, Wilfork would fill a hole and provide a nice boost to a defense that really needs it against the run, be a part of the "reUnion," and likely have the best shot of getting to and winning the Super Bowl of the three teams mentioned. Omar Kelly also mentioned a few days earlier that Wilfork had three 2-year, $10 million offers on the table from AFC teams, so it might be safe to assume that those three teams are the ones that Kelly said are Wilfork's top three.
Wilfork, a 6-1, 325 pound, 33-year old nose tackle, spent eleven seasons with the Patriots before they declined to pick up his $8.9 million option this offseason, making him a free agent. He won two Super Bowls during his time with the Patriots and recorded 516 tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries, three interceptions, and 25 passes defensed. He was named a Pro Bowler five times, a first-team All-Pro once, and a second-team All-Pro four times. He has long been a terrific run defending defensive lineman, and the Colts could certainly use help there as they try to prevent getting run over by the Patriots for the fourth-straight time when the teams face off in 2015. While Wilfork is clearly not the player he once was, he would still be the best nose tackle on the Colts roster (sorry, Josh Chapman) and would provide the team with help. With the free agent defensive line options dwindling and the Colts making moves to sign established veterans this offseason (which is the right move), it would make sense for them to be interested in Wilfork.