Veteran Safety Adrian Wilson was released from the Patriots Friday. Wilson announced his release from the Patriots on twitter, thanking them for being a part of the organization.
Thankyou to the Patriots organization for the opportunity. I look forward to the future.
Wilson signed a three-year, $5 million deal with New England last March, in hopes of contributing to a Super Bowl contending team. Wilson never saw a single snap during the regular season due to a torn achilles tendon suffered in the preseason.
The 13-year, 6-foot-3, 230 pound veteran safety became expendable after the signing of S Patrick Chung. The signing of Chung gave the Patriots seven safeties on the roster that has Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner, and Kanorris Davis. Keeping Wilson would have been a wait and see project and the possibility of Wilson unable to perform when he was younger at his tender age of 34, is too much of a risk for team that wants to win now. The remaining safeties are relatively young and have potential to make an impact in a much improved secondary that has Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
Wilson spent his previous 12 seasons in Arizona, playing in 181 games and starting in 162 in which he posted 894 total tackles, 25.5 sacks, 27 interceptions, 14 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and 101 pass deflections, including the NFL record in sacks by defensive back in a season (8). Wilson holds the Cardinals’ team records in passes deflected (101) and forced fumbles (15), ties the team record for interception return for a touchdown with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (99), and nominated to 4-All Pro teams and 5-Pro Bowls. He is also one of six players in NFL history that has recorded 25 sacks and 25 interceptions.
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