The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with safety Adrian Wilson on a three year deal, adding a dangerous playmaker in the secondary the team has lacked in recent seasons. Wilson plays a punishing style of defense, made evident by his 27 career interceptions and 25.5 sacks in 12 seasons in the NFL. Wilson is one of just six players in league history to top at least 25 interceptions and 25 sacks.
Adrian Wilson has spent his entire 12 year career with the Arizona Cardinals. He has represented the NFC five times in the Pro Bowl and has been selected four times as an All-Pro defender. The 33-year-old Wilson played in 15 games for the Cardinals in 2012, finishing with 54 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Wilson should be able to help fix the Patriots woeful 29th ranked pass defense from a year ago.
The safety position will be a strong aspect of the Patriots secondary in 2013, with Wilson added to the mix to go along with Steve Gregory and Tavon Wilson.
The cornerback position looks murkier at this moment. Kyle Arrington was re-signed yesterday to a four-year deal worth $16 million with $8.5 in guaranteed money. Arrington struggled as the outside cornerback in 2012, but excelled at the slot position. Arrington was able to make the move from the outside to the slot following the mid-season acquisition of Aqib Talib. The free agency status of Talib has been very quiet thus far, but indications are that the Patriots want to retain the cornerback.
While the Patriots still need to address the cornerback position, the safety position appears ready to go for 2013, with Wilson expected to bring a much needed intimidating style of play to the defense.