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Patriots release S Adrian Wilson

Posted Apr 4, 2014

The Patriots have announced that they released safety Adrian Wilson.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they released S Adrian Wilson.

Wilson, 34, is a veteran of 13 NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2001-12) and the Patriots (2013). The 6-foot-3, 230 pounder, signed with the Patriots as a free agent on March 16, 2013, but missed the entire season after suffering an ankle injury in the preseason that forced him to spend the year on injured reserve.

Wilson originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft choice (64th overall) by the Cardinals out of North Carolina State in 2001. He was released by Arizona on March 8, 2013.

Wilson has played in 181 career games with 162 starts and compiled 716 tackles, 25½ sacks and 27 interceptions in his 12 years with the Cardinals. He holds the NFL record for most sacks in a single season by a defensive back (8), is the Cardinals’ all-time leader in passes defensed (99) and forced fumbles (15), and his 99-yard interception return for a touchdown in 2006 is tied with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the longest in team history. Wilson has earned Pro Bowl honors five times (2006, 2008-11) and All-Pro honors four times (2006, 2008-09, 2011). He is just the sixth player in NFL history to record 25 sacks and 25 interceptions.