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:
Veteran safety Adrian Wilson has been informed of his release by the Patriots. He tweeted his thanks to organization earlier.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 4, 2014
Wilson also took to twitter to express his thanks for the Patriots organization:
Thankyou to the Patriots organization for the opportunity. I look forward to the future.
— Adrian Wilson (@adrian_wilson24) April 4, 2014
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.
Adrian Wilson’s release from the Patriots creates $671,666 in net cap savings.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 4, 2014
On a separate note, this gives Darrelle Revis the opportunity to keep the number 24. Wilson had previously worn it for the Patriots.