The visiting process has begun for Vince Wilfork.
The first stop on his recruiting trip arrived Sunday night with the Houston Texans, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
It is a two-day visit for the 33-year-old defensive tackle, who’s now exploring the free-agent circuit with his wife, Bianca, after the New England Patriots declined his option last week.
It also happens to be a destination where former Patriots coaches Romeo Crennel, Bill O’Brien and George Godsey currently reside, along with former teammate turned linebackers coach Mike Vrabel.
Wilfork’s agent, Kennard McGuire, is based near the Texans’ headquarters as well.
“I would not put anyone in the lead, but I would say that they have a legitimate shot to get him.” McGuire said in an interview with FOX26 over the weekend. “Once again it’s because of familiarity, and if you look across the league guys do tend to migrate toward areas of familiarity.”
The 6-foot-2, 325-pound Wilfork is expected to take his time in free agency, yet his familiarity stopping the run has drawn interest from a handful of teams.
He started all 19 games for New England last season. And the second-longest tenured Patriot would fill an immediate need in the middle of the Texans’ 3-4 front, while bringing five Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls along with it.