The New England Patriots have struck a three-year, $22.5 million contract with nose tackle Vince Wilfork for him to remain with the AFC East franchise.

Wilfork had reportedly been at odds with the organizatio nover his contract, which was heading into its final season after tearing his Achilles tendon.

According to FOX Sports, Wilfork can make up to $8 million this season and the contract includes $3 million guaranteed and an option for 2015 and 2016.

"It’s been hard to remain quiet and let things take its course but it has been the best thing to do,” Wilfork wrote on Twitter.. “Negotiations are never easy especially when you have a 10 year history with a team and more importantly relationships. For those who have supported me I thank you, for those who have called me every name in the book I thank you too.

“My intentions have never changed. 10 years ago my goal was to retire a patriot and as I sit here typing this I am closer to achieving my goal. I look forward to getting back to football and helping my team compete and have a chance at winning a Super Bowl."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun