The pursuit is over. After a crazy few hours that involved a report from John P. Lopez of CBS Houston and Sports Radio 610 reported that the Texans were out of the running to sign nose tackle Vince Wilfork, Wilfork has made his decision. And he announced that he is in fact signing with the Houston Texans.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thank you everyone for everything your support has been tremendous <a href="http://t.co/Kej0MsI6yB">pic.twitter.com/Kej0MsI6yB</a></p>— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) <a href="https://twitter.com/wilfork75/status/577551534713491457">March 16, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Wilfork, a longtime Patriot, was a player who many fans thought the Colts should have interest in, and the feeling was shared by some Colts players as well. And he was mentioned a number of times in relation to the Colts being a potential target, though ESPN's Mike Wells said that the team didn't intend to meet with him. Instead, Wilfork has signed with the Colts' division rival Texans and will play Indianapolis twice this season.
The Texans' defensive line will now consist of players such as J.J. Watt, Vince Wilfork, and Jadeveon Clowney, and in addition to providing solid play against the run now, Wilfork will provide a good veteran presence for Louis Nix III, who previously was the only nose tackle on the roster. The veteran also reunites with his former defensive coordinator in New England in Romeo Crennel, who now holds the same position with the Texans. For the Colts, they still need help at the nose tackle position and along the defensive line, though nothing seems imminent at the moment and Ryan Grigson is likely to play it safe and take it slow.
It's a nice signing by the Texans, and while the Colts didn't sign him and will have to face him twice a year, at least he's not in New England anymore.