No surprises as Patriots release safety Adrian Wilson
Tweet which confirmed the exit came out on Friday afternoon and along with it brought sadness to many Patriots. Upon his arrival the safety was expected to become an instant phenomenon in the Patriots’ defense, but Wilson was unable to settle down in his short tenure.
“Thank you to the Patriots organization for the opportunity. I look forward to the future” Wilson wrote in his Tweet.
Wilson, who cost the Patriots around $2 million, never played a down. Nonetheless, his absence will not be felt in the Gillette Stadium or in the locker rooms, where the new addition Patrick Chung is already settling down.
Truth be told, Wilson’s release came as no surprise. The veteran struggled throughout the training camp last summer. Moreover, Wilson was unable to leave a mark in the defense and head coach Bill Belichick was least impressed by his performance.
In the end, Wilson was unable to make the cut and instead got himself landed on the injured reserve. From that time onwards, a move away from the Patriots was in the making for Wilson.
Even when Wilson finally arrived on the field, the 34-year-old was vulnerable and exposed. In the third preseason game against Detroit, Wilson was unable to cover Reggie Bush. With no options left, Belichick was forced to play him into a more defensive role.
Wilson was perhaps a more traditional safety for Patriots’ taste. Moreover, it appears as if age has finally caught up with him. Nonetheless, Wilson could be picked up again, after all he had a marvelous season with Arizona. Moreover, he had 27 interceptions and 25.5 sacks during the 12 years he spent with the Cardinals.
Certainly, there will be a couple of franchises who would like to sign in the Wilson. Perhaps, one of his former franchises will give him another shot.