Vince Wilfork hinted at retirment late last season. He waved goodbye and blew kisses to the crowd at Gillette Stadium after being knocked out of the playoffs by his former team.
But he says he's not ready to call it a career just yet.
The former Patriots and Texans defensive tackle told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that he hasn't decided if he will be returning to play football in 2017 or not. Wilfork's interview on PFT Live will air in full on Thursday.
Wilfork's doing a media car wash of sorts recently, which suggests he's very interested in keeping himself at the top of the minds of NFL general managers and head coaches.
"Right now, I’m doing everything I possibly can to make sure, 100 percent, whatever I want to do, I’m good with it," he told ESPN's SportsCenter on Wednesday. "I’m not rushing anything. I’m in no rush to say if I’m going to play or not going to play. I’m just taking it day by day."
Wilfork also made it very clear to Sirius NFL XM Radio on Wednesday that he hasn't retired.
.@wilfork75 on retirement: Right now I am not retired. I'm not saying I'm retired. It's something I want to make sure I'm 100% certain about— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) May 17, 2017
Texans general manager Rick Smith said in April that he doesn't believe the 35-year-old defensive lineman will be continuing his playing career in 2017.
"I haven't spoken to Vince Wilfork since last season," Smith said. "My expectation is that Vince is not playing anymore."
Wilfork, who is technically an unrestricted free agent, was named to five Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls in New England. He was also the No. 2 ranked Patriots player on Tom E. Curran's list of Top 50 Patriots in the Bill Belichick Era for his productivitiy, his longevity and his impact on the locker room.
After losing to the Patritos in January, Wilfork said he felt as though he was done.
“I’ll take my time to think about it, but I think I’ve played my last NFL game,” Wilfork said. “I’ll do my due diligence, sit back and see if I really want to retire. I enjoyed every bit of my career. I enjoyed 11 great years in New England, and I enjoyed two great years in Texas with these teammates, unbelievable teammates. I couldn’t have any better teammates in both organizations.”