Robert Kraft hopeful of Vince Wilfork stay

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft watches his team during warm ups prior to the start of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is hopeful that defensive tackle Vince Wilfork will remain at the club despite asking for his release.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has admitted that he is hopeful that defensive tackle Vince Wilfork will be at the club for the 2014 season.

The 32-year-old reportedly demanded his release from the Patriots after they tried to get him re-negotiate his contract due to his high salary cap hit this year.

"Going back over the last 20 years, we've had some pretty special people come through, and [Vince] is one of my personal favorites," Kraft told reporters.

"I'm thinking of Tedy Bruschi and Matt Light and Kevin Faulk and Troy Brown, they made their careers with us. I surely hope Vince will be with us next year."

Wilfork played just four games for the Patriots last season due to an Achilles injury.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 16, 2013
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