By: Derek Havens
The New England Patriots turned their free agent focus to defense on Friday, signing veteran safety Adrian Wilson.
Wilson’s agent, Tory Dandy, confirmed the report on Twitter saying, “Congrats to client @adrian_wilson24 on signing with the New England Patriots!” Dandy tweeted.
Multiple reports say the deal is for three years, but no financial details have been disclosed at this time.
Wilson is a 12-year veteran who had spent his entire career with the Cardinals before being released earlier this week for salary cap reasons. The 33-year-old recorded 39 tackles, three sacks, one interception and a forced fumble in 15 games with Arizona last season.
The five-time Pro Bowl safety also commented on Twitter shortly after inking his new deal.
#PATRIOTSNATION. I’LL TRY MY BEST TO TWEET. REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY.GREAT FANS AND GREAT TEAM!!!!
— Adrian Wilson (@adrian_wilson24) March 16, 2013
The Wilson signing is a great move by New England. Listed at 6’3, 230 pounds, the veteran safety is an enforcer who should help the Patriots defense in several ways. While he was not on the field in nickel situations last year, he still made an impact and has plenty left in the tank. Darren Urban, who has covered the Cardinals for 14 years and works for azcardinals.com, shared his thoughts with me shortly after the news broke Wilson had signed.
@patriotshaven Good in locker room. BB will use him right way. Very motivated to show he has a few good years left.
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) March 15, 2013
Overall, Wilson should be a good addition for the Patriots. He offers the team a physical presence in the middle of the field, will be able to contribute immediately and potentially mentor New England’s young defensive backs in the process.
I believe the Pats have a lot more work to do defensively, but the addition of Wilson is definitely a good start.
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