Brandon Spikes would be shocked if the New England Patriots release Vince Wilfork

There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks that Vince Wilfork's inflated salary could lead to his release.

Set to count $11.6 million against the salary cap in 2014, Wilfork, 32, is fighting his way back from a torn Achilles. With his age, injury, and size all working against him, some have speculated that Wilfork could be released if he refuses to accept a new deal.

At least one person who has played with Wilfork can’t fathom this possibility.

“If he hits the free agency, I would be shocked,” linebacker Brandon Spikes said during an appearance on NFL Network. “I think the Patriots love him, the organization up there, Boston loves him. He’s been there for a while. I just honestly can’t see him leaving.”

Wilfork, who is entering the final year of his contract, suffered the injury in Week 4 and missed the rest of the season. In 2012, he earned All-Pro honors after collecting 48 tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles.

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