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Vince Wilfork says he’s joining Texans

Vince Wilfork

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) walks along the bench as the offensive unit is on the field during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The Patriots defeated the Texans 42-14. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


When Vince Wilfork became a free agent last week, it wasn’t long before speculation about his next home being in Houston started.

That speculation can come to an end because we now know that Wilfork will be joining the Texans. Wilfork broke the news on his Twitter account on Monday afternoon.

“This has been an interesting process for me and my family, one we have taken very seriously and given a lot of thought. We want to thank the Kraft family and entire Patriot organization for the last 11 years, however we will be starting a new chapter in our lives as Houston Texans. The coaching staff in Houston has made this exciting new transition feel like home to us. We will forever be Patriots in our hearts, thank you everyone for everything.”

The same reasons why speculation landed on Houston probably help it feel like home for Wilfork. There are plenty of former members of the Patriots organization on the staff in Houston, including coach Bill O’Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, and his role as the plug in the middle of the defensive line should be the same as it has been in New England throughout his career.