BTW I'm NOT suggesting we trade our 1st round pick!
Two of the most successful teams in the last decade, Pittsburgh and NE are notorious for not resigning big money guys once their "draft deal" expires. It would not surprise me at all to see NE franchise Wilfork and then deal him to another team. Just like they did Cassel.
trade NE our 1st round #5 for their #22 and give them our 2b pick for wilfork...then with the newly acquired 1st rounder, pick up sean weatherspoon...go with OL possibly pouncey with our other 2nd
=immediate defensive upgrades
and then shipley in the 3rd and rolle in the 4th
If the Pats franchise him, I bet we could get him after the draft for a 1st rounder in 2012. That's what Seymour went for.