The end of the Vince Wilfork era has smacked New England Patriots fans in the face as the nose tackle announced on twitter that the team has not picked up his option.Wilfork posted a letter on his twitter account which you can see below which thanking fans, teammates, coaches and ownership for his time with the organization where he won two Super Bowl Championships.

Wilfork was due a $4 million dollar roster bonus on March 10, if the Patriots picked it up they would have to pay him $3 million in base salary. The move will give the Pats an additional $8 million of salary cap space.