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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 28, 2014 #rifiiro# l#fiible$ : /] aw m ' " m "''qJ" with Christian A. Guarino IMMOVABLE OBJECT?! How do you solve a problem like Vince Wilfork? With all the signings coming out of Foxboro, a bit of an over- looked topic has been the situation involving the de- fensive tackles request to be released by the Patriots. The story first broke a day after the team agreed to terms with Cornerback Darrelle Revis. At the time most fans and media alike brushed the story aside as contract pos- turing. Wilfork, who carries a cap hit of $11.6 million, is 32 years old, and at 325 pounds coming off an Achil- les injury has undoubtedly seen his best days. It's been speculated that the team approached Wilfork about lowering his salary and or extending his contract to transfer some of his cap money to future years. It is believed Wilfork may have been offended by the talk of restructuring and possibly by the offer that the Patriots presented him with. In 2009, Wilfork signed the most lucrative contract for a defensive tackle in league history, a 5-year deal worth $40 million. Wilfork has received all but $8 million of this contract. In other words, to this point the team has kept their end of the agree- ment. It is not outlandish to ask a player, especially an aging lineman coming off a serious foot injury, to restructure his contract. Quarterback Tom Brady is no stranger to restructures. Brady has demonstrated a willingness to assist the team in spreading his guar- anteed money over multiple years. It's just a common part of the National Football League. "In modern-day athletics, in pro sports, it's a business as well as com- mitment to one another." said Owner Robert Kraft. "We have to work through this, and I'm still not giving up hope that he'll be part of our team next year." Kraft obviously loves Wilfork and what he represents, how- ever, he also had similar, glowing remarks when referring to Wes Welker last year. We all know how that turned out. Reports are circulating that Wilfork emptied out his Gillette Stadium locker last month going so far as to remove his name from it. Not a good sign for theories that the player is simply pos- turing for a better contract with the team. Wilfork wants out and the Patriots should accommodate his request; on their terms. At this point, the question isn't will Wilfork be released, but when. He doesn't want to be a Patriot, possibly already having a potential deal worked out with another team, and the Patriots are not going to commit close to $12 million to retain him. The two sides are at an impasse that will only be resolved once Wilfork is no longer on the. roster. However releasing Wilfork now will just enable an AFC rival to pick him up. A team like Denver would relish the opportunity to bring Wilfork in and pair him on a D-line with Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and Terrance Knigh- ton. Division rivals in the AFC East may look to bring in a talented player and stick it to the Patriots in the process. A plausible landing spot would be in Buffalo, where Wilfork would be reunited with former defensive line coach Pepper Johnson. Of course you can never rule out the Jets. Rex Ryan and the organiza- tion would love to bring in another big name to make some back page headlines in the Big Apple. Looking at the situation through Wilfork's eyes, you can understand where he is coming from. As a rookie, he signed a Patriots mandated Wilfork and Kraft during happier times. 6-year deal, which kept his salary number team friendly. And although the team did reciprocate and take care of Wilfork in their next con- tract negotiations, he may still be holding a grudge from his earlier experience. He was underpaid for six years and now he's overpaid, things have a way of evening themselves out. Unfortu- nately for the Patriots, now they are in a vulnerable position. -- Although the Patriots have struggled at times last season stopping the run in Wilfork's absence, Defensive tackles Sealver Siliga and Joe Vellano showed promise anchoring the interior of the line. The rotation at tackle will only be benefitted by the return of Tommy Kelly, who was also placed on injured reserve during the regular season. Kelly, agreed to a contract restructure just a few weeks ago. His spot on the roster all but guaranteed by this maneuver. Wilfork's impact on the team is well-known. He is still a great player, an im- peccable locker room pres- ence and a Philanthropist Within the community. How- ever, unless he agrees to restructure, the team should release him. It would simply not be a smart move busi- ness wise to keep him. And we all know football is a business, especially in Foxboro. News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) right? In a recent speech to the Democratic National Committee, the O-Man in- sisted that "we've let the other side define the word 'freedom' for too long." Presi- dent Obama calls freedom "the peace of mind of know- ing that if you're sick, you won't lose everything." He also believes freedom is not "to be treated like a second- class person" like illegals are being treated today. Hmm, I am not too sure that is what our Founders viewed as their freedom concept. Baker Wins GOP Nod but He Has Jeff Mccormick in Rear View Mirror Right now, Charlie Baker is the official Republican nominee for governor while the Democrats battle for the nomination. The June 14 th Democratic state primary will have a number of candidates dueling for the party nod with Martha Coakley an d Steve Grossman at the top of the heap. Looks like both of them will come out of the convention alive giv- ing Democrats a choice in the September primary. Meanwhile, independent candidate Jeff McCormick is looking like a contender who will certainly add some uncertainty to both the final Democrat nominee and Baker in November. McCormick could make things difficult for Baker trying to attract moderate independent voters to his col- umn. The stronger McCor- mick, the weaker Baker. Glad to See Brown is Running I wish Scott Brown were running here, because right now Bay State Republicans are about to hand U.S. Sen- ator Ed Markey a cake walk to re-election. He could be beaten, but the GOP here has gone AWOL on the U.S. Sen- ate race. Meanwhile, former U.S. Senator Scott Brown, R-MA has decided apparently to take on U.S. Sen, Jeanne Shaheen up in the N.H. Sen- ate race. Shahen has to be one of the most liberal poli- ticians in New Hampshire political history. Republicans down here are so pathetic. Hoops & Hockey (Continued from Page 16) hot goalie. He's ranked the no. 1 netminder in America with goals against average of 1.73 to go with a .943 save percentage. If he continues his outstanding play, there's a good chance that UML could advance to the NCAA Frozen Four for the second straight year. The one downturn con- cerned attendance. The two- night total was just over 25,000, a bit of a decline from prior years. This was the first time in tournament his- tory that neither Boston Uni- versity, Boston College or Maine advanced to the championship game and the first time since 1988 that neither BC or BU made the semifinals. Notre Dame did make the semis but the school that came from the greatest dis- tance brought hardly any fans. All those factors meant a lower attendance total for this quality- event. LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATI(NS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. A287-$6, F-Y14-16 CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT SERVICES at MPA Facilities, The Authority is seeking a qualified Consultant to provide construction support services consisting of resident inspection services and other support services associated with monitoring construction activities including but not limited to work quality, conformance to plans and specifications, review of schedules and negotiation of change orders Such services shall be provided on an on-call as-needed basis. These services are expected to be provided at throughout ALL Massport facilities. The Consultant must be able to work closely with the Authority and other interested parties in order to provide such services in a timely and effective manner. The Authority expects to select two (2) consultants. However, the Authority reserves the right to select a different number if if is deemed in its bast interest to do so. Each selected consultant shall be issued a contract in accordance with their capabilities and experience; however the contract will not exceed $750,000. The services shall be authorized on a work order basis. Each submission shall include a Statement of Qualifications that provides detailed information in response to the evaluation criteria set fo below and include Architect/Engineer & Related Services questionnaires 'SF 330 ( with the appropriate number of Part IIs. M/WBE Certification of the prime and sub-consultants shall be current at the time of submittal and the Consultant shall provide a copy of M/WBE certification letter from the Supplier Diversity Office, formerly known as State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) within its submittal. The Consultant shall also provide an original and nine copies of litigation and legal proceedings information, signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, in a separate sealed envelope entitled "Litigation and Legal Proceedings'. See http'J/www.massport. com/business-with.meesportlcapital.imptovementslresource-center for more details on litigation and legal proceedings history submittal requirements. The Authority may reject any application if any of the required information is not provided: Cover Letter, Insurance Requirements, Litigation and Legal proceedings, SF330 Part IIs for the Prime and every sub-consuifant. The submission shall be evaluated on basis of: (1) current level of experienceand knowledge of the team for similer projects, barticulariy the Project Manager, (2) geographic location and availability of the Project Manager, resident inspectors and other key personnel to be assigned to the project, (3) experience and expertise of sub-consultants, (4) demonstrated ability to perform work with minimal disruption to facility operations, (5) familiarity with Massachusetts public bid laws, (6) cost management and scheduling capabilities, (7) M/WBE and affirmative action efforts, please indicate the proposed % of M/WBE participation (8) current level of work with the Authority, and (9) past performance for the Authority The selection shall involve a two-step process including the shortlisting of a minimum of three firms based on an evaluation of the Statements )f Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed immediately by a final selection of the consultant(s) by the Authority. By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the terms and conditions of Massport's standard work order agreement, a copy of the Authority's standard agreement can be found on the Authority's web page at The exception to this standard agreement is the insur- ance requirements as follows; (1) $1,000,000 of automobile liability and (2) $:1,000,000 of commercial leneral liability. The Consultant shall specify in its cover letter that it has the ability to obtain requisite insurance coverage. Some members of the project team will need to get security clearadce to work at certain secure facilities including Logan Airport, Hanscom Airport, Worcester Airport and Conley Container Terminal. Submissions shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 lIE' x 1 t"), no acetate covers. Ten (10) copies of a bound document and one PDF version on a disc each limit to: 1) an SF 330 including the appropriate number of Part IIs, 2) resumes of key individuals only each limited to one (1) page under SF 330, Section E, 3) no more than ten (10) projects each I!mited to one (1) page under SF 330, Section F, 4) no more than 3 sheets (6 pages) of information contained under SF 330 Section H addressing the evaluation items (except for the litigation and legal proceedings history), and 5) no more than 2 sheets (4 pages) of other relevant material not including a 2 page (max.) cover letter, SDO certificetJon letters, covers, dividers, and other required information. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings history in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, May 1 = , 2014 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submission which is not received in a timely manner shall be rejected by the Authority as non-responsive. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral communicetion baleen the Proposer and the Authority will not be, or deemed to have been, proprietary or confidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to persons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L.c.66. The procurement process for these services will proceed according to the following anticipated schedule: Times are Eestem Standard Time (US). Questions may be sent via email to subject to the deadline for receipt stated in the timetable above. In the subject lines of your email, please reference the MPA Project Name and Number. Questions and their responses will be posted on Capital Bid Opportunities webpage of Massport http://www.massporLcom/doing-buainess/_layouts/CapitalPrograms/ defaulLaspxas an attachment to the original Legal Notice and on Comm-PASS (www.comm.pass. corn) in the listings for this project. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 3/28/14