With both starting safety positions still uncertain, the Chicago Bears went out and signed 14-year veteran Adrian Wilson. The five-time Pro Bowler spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the Arizona Cardinals before signing with the New England Patriots in 2013. Unfortunately, Wilson suffered a torn Achilles last year, preventing the 34-year-old from playing the entire season.
Despite last year’s injury, the Bears saw it fit to take a chance on the three-time All-Pro, giving the team yet another option at trying to solidify the back end of their secondary. Currently, Chicago has Ryan Mundy and rookie Brock Vereen penciled in as the starting safeties. Other players in the mix are M.D. Jennings, Craig Steltz, Danny McCray and last season’s starting free safety Chris Conte.
If by any chance Wilson does appear to be a prime candidate for the starting lineup, he will have to compete against Mundy for the strong safety spot.
Personally, I feel that this was a good signing for the Bears. However, I don’t think fans should jump to the conclusion that they will be getting the Wilson of the past. There is no telling how Wilson will come back after sitting out an entire year from his Achilles injury. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that Wilson will solidify a spot on the 53-man roster. If by chance the other safeties outperform Wilson during training camp and the preseason, we could see Wilson leaving the Windy City earlier than expected.
Wilson’s veteran presence will definitely be a welcomed asset to the defensive side of the ball. But overall, the addition of Wilson won’t completely put to rest any concerns of the Bears’ secondary.