As I said last week, with free agency approaching and players being released by teams left and right, look for the Dallas Cowboys to be a team associated with many of these players. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, or perhaps it’s because the Cowboys have so many holes to fill, but it seems like everyday someone is released that the Cowboys could use.
Today that player is Adrian Wilson. Dallas has a glaring issue at safety after releasing Gerald Sensabaugh and Wilson is the kind of leader a young Cowboys secondary would welcome. Wilson, now 34-years old, may not be the same player he once was but he’s still good and they don’t make players any tougher. Wilson showed toughness in playing in all 16 games during the 2011 season with torn bicep injury and it’s certainly something Jason Garrett likes in his players.
Wilson is still a big hitter at safety and even though his coverage skills aren’t great anymore he always seems to be in the right place at the right time and he’s always had an impact for the Arizona Cardinals defense. Wilson has 27 career interceptions and even though only four have come in the last three years, Wilson brings something else to the Cowboys secondary that they don’t currently have, a leader.
The veteran safety will make sure players are lined up correctly and he can help speed up the learning curve for the young safeties on the roster. Wilson’s impact as a teacher might be just as good as his play on the field. There has been plenty of talk over the last few years about the Cowboys lack of leadership and Wilson could make a significant contribution in that area.
Let’s remember though, the Cowboys don’t have a ton of money to spend and Wilson is the fourth player released recently who can make the Cowboys better in 2013. When it comes down to it they won’t be able to sign them all but Wilson is someone who makes a ton of sense for a team who lacks experience at safety.
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