Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) gets away from New England Patriots strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) in the second quarter of a preseason game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Release Safety Adrian Wilson


Nov 4, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson (24) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, the New England Patriots finally released safety Adrian Wilson. I think this move was a long time coming, based on what we saw of him last year.

Mike Reiss had the first report:

Wilson also took to twitter to express his thanks for the Patriots organization:

When Wilson was originally signed, there was high hopes for what he could bring to the Pats defense. He used to be a one of the most physical safeties in the league, which is the one thing currently missing from New England’s secondary. This also puts into perspective the signing of Patrick Chung. He isn’t that great of a football player, but he now provides depth in the defensive backfield.

According to Field Yates of ESPN Boston, cutting Wilson saves New England $671,666.

On a separate note, this gives Darrelle Revis the opportunity to keep the number 24. Wilson had previously worn it for the Patriots.

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