New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft showed off the Lombardi Trophy at a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast this past weekend, where he also took a playful jab at the New York Jets. “I must tell you, I’m not comfortable wearing green and white because it reminds me of a certain New York football team,” he said.
ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots warms up before the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MIAMI - NOVEMBER 17: Defensive end Vince Wilfork #75 of the Miami Hurricanes stands on the field during the Big East Conference football game against the Syracuse Orangemen at the Orange Bowl on November 17, 2001 in Miami Florida. Miami won 59-0. (Photo by Eliot Schechter/Getty Images)
University of Florida wide receiver Reggie Lewis scrambles to avoid Miami defensive lineman Vince Wilfork September 6, 2003 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Miami defeated the University of Florida 38 - 33. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Against the Indianapolis Colts tight end Marcus Pollard, right, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork of the New England Patriots picks up a fumble and runs at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., Thursday, September 9, 2004. The Patriots won the contest 27-24. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 10: Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots comes in to sack Jay Fiedler #9 of the Miami Dolphins on October 10, 2004 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20: Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots smiles during warm ups gainst the Cincinnati Bengals during their preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH - SEPTEMBER 18: New England Patriots Vince Wilfork running with the ball after his 1st career interception as San Diego Chargers Mike Tolbert tries to make the tackle during 2nd quarter action at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, September 18, 2011. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New England Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens 20-23. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots stretches before a game with the San Diego Chargers at Gillette Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: New England Patriots from left to right: Tom Brady, Steve Gregory, and Vince Wilfork join television broadcaster Michele Tafoya in eating turkey legs after defeating the New York Jets 49-19 at Metlife Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 21: Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots celebrates with teammates after intercepting the ball during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 14: Tom Brady #12 and Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots react after Kyle Arrington #25 recovered a blocked field goal for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Defensive Lineman Vince Wilfork #75 of New England Patriots rushes against the New York Jets on a rainy night at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 21: Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots high fives Chandler Jones #95 after intercepting the ball during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 23: Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots looks on during an NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 23, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Michael DeHoog/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 23: Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount brings a smile to the face of teammate Vince Wilfork as he leaves the game at the end of the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots hosted the Detroit Lions in a regular season NFL game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 15: New England Patriots Vince Wilfork signs autographs for Nathan (L) and Matthew during Patrick Chung's Open Mic Holiday Party benefiting Boston Children's Hospital at Patriot Place December 15, 2014 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images for Boston Children's Hospital)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots celebrates with defensive end Chandler Jones #95 against the New York Jets during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 and Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots celebrate after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 4: Vince Wilfork and Chandler Jones cheer during the Patriots' Super Bowl victory parade. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots prepares to face the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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HOUSTON (AP) -- Longtime New England nose tackle Vince Wilfork has signed with the Houston Texans.
Wilfork announced the decision on Twitter on Monday, then the Texans confirmed the signing. The 33-year-old has spent his entire 11-year career with the Patriots.
Now he'll join a Houston unit led by Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and that features last year's No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, who was injured for most of 2014.
The 6-foot-2, 325-pound Wilfork started all 16 games for the Patriots last year and had 53 tackles, two for a losses, and an interception, according to the Texans. He was a locker room leader in New England, as well.
In his tweet Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowler, thanked the Kraft family and the Patriots, and said the coaching staff in Houston has "made this new exciting transition feel like home to us."
Said Patriots coach Bill Belichick: "He is the best defensive linemen I ever coached, an all-time great Patriot whose place on our team will be missed, but whose remarkable career as a Patriot will be remembered forever."
Houston also signed wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, who was with Jacksonville. He led the Jaguars with 53 catches last season for 577 yards. A four-year veteran has been Jacksonville's leading receiver over that span.
The Texans release long-time star receiver Andre Johnson, who signed with Indianapolis.
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