DL Vince Wilforkhas been absent from all of the team's OTA's this offseason as he and the team are in the middle of contract negotiations. The *Boston Globe *caught up with Wilfork at a promotion for his charitable foundation to find out if he would be at the mandatory mini camp next week, "We'll see. I don't know right now," he said. "I've never been in this situation before. I've never been out of football before. I don't know how this works. I don't know if I'm doing it the right way or the wrong way. I'm pretty sure I could ask a lot of guys in that locker room and all of them would give me different answers. So, I'm doing it the best way I can do it. That's what I'm going to do."
"I don't know when I'm going to be stepping on the field, but I can tell you I’m going to be ready for the first game of the season, I hate not being there. It hurts me not to be out with my guys" Wilfork told the Boston Herald.
On the first day of his new job as an analyst Rodney Harrisonis already making headlines. He told the *Boston Globe *that the recent news of Peyton Manning complaining about the loss of two assistant coaches shows proof that QB Tom Bradyis the better leader of the two. "This is something I've discussed with Coach Dungy and I think it gives Tom Brady the edge over Peyton Manning in terms of leadership".
He went on talk about Titans' QB Vince Young, "Unfortunately for Vince Young, this isn’t the University of Texas," Harrison told the Boston Herald, "It's the NFL. You have to win in the here and now."
Finally, the new head coach for the division rival New York Jets had some harsh words directed towards the Patriots that will only fuel and already heated rivalry. Ryan told the *Boston Herald *he "never came here to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings" continuing on to say that he is "certainly not intimidated by New England".