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Kaczur Signs Extension; Wilfork Unhappy

A Patriots starting lineman has signed a contract extension that will keep him in New England through 2012 – but it’s not the one you are thinking of. Offensive lineman Nick Kaczur and the Patriots have agreed on a four year, $12 million contract. The contract calls for the 30-year-old right tackle to make at least $2 million each season through 2012.

Meanwhile the Patriots and Vince Wilfork are no closer to a contract extension and it’s beginning to look as though a deal won’t get done before the end of the preseason. On the same day that Kaczur signed his extension, Wilfork expressed his frustration that talks between his reps and the Patriots hadn’t progressed. The Boston Globe has a story today saying the Patriots could ease tensions with the mammoth defensive tackle by pledging not to franchise tag Wilfork next year if he plays under his current contract in 2009. Either way, the door for a resolution before the season begins is closing and we could be seeing another Asante Samuel like talent walk right out that door come the end of the season.

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