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Former Patriots captain Vince Wilfork headed to the Texans

When Vince Wilfork and the Patriots parted ways in the days leading up to free agency, some hoped that the veteran Pro Bowl defensive tackle might return to New England on a reworked contract.

That possibility dissipated on Monday when Wilfork announced over his own Twitter account that he was taking the next stage of his NFL career to the Texans, where he'll be reunited with familiar Houston coaches in Bill O'Brien, Romeo Crenneland Mike Vrabel.

Wilfork said he and his family, "will be starting new chapter in our lives as Houston Texans."

But he continued to show loyalty to his home for the last decade-plus.

"We will forever be Patriots in our hearts," Wilfork wrote.

Wilfork played 11 seasons in New England, winning the Super Bowl in his rookie year as a first-round pick and in his final season with the team's triumph in Super Bowl XLIX.

We will forever be Patriots in our hearts.

In his 11 seasons as a fixture on the Patriots defensive front and in the New England community, Wilfork started 148 of the 158 games he played. He started every game he played in after his rookie season. Wilfork finished his Patriots career with 726 tackles, 16 sacks, three interceptions, 26 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries as a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

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