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Reports: Safety Adrian Wilson agrees to three-year deal with Patriots

03.15.13 at 7:52 pm ET
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Adrian Wilson (AP)

Adrian Wilson (AP)

According to multiple reports, the Patriots have signed free agent safety Adrian Wilson.

Mike Jurecki of XTRA Sports 910 AM in Phoenix, who was first to report the agreement, tweets that the deal is for three years.

Wilson, who was released last Friday by the Cardinals in a cap-related move, is a five-time Pro Bowler who spent the last 12 seasons in Arizona. The 33-year-old is a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder out of North Carolina State who has a rep around the league as a high-character guy and great locker-room influence.

“In every franchise, there is a select group of players whose contributions earn them iconic status and for us, Adrian Wilson will always be one of those players,” Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said in a statement issued by the team when Wilson was released.

“He joined us at a key time in our organization’s evolution and helped lead us into a new era. We will always be grateful for that and look forward to the day when he’s placed in the Ring of Honor at University of Phoenix Stadium alongside the other all-time great Cardinals.”

Wilson’s role started to shrink in 2011, and was pulled off the field as a nickel defensive back at several points late in 2012. Still in all, he played in 15 games last season (14 starts) with 54 tackles (39 of them solo), to go along with five passes defensed and an interception. For his career, he has 27 career picks (including five in 2009) and 87 career passes defensed, including 14 in 2011 and 13 in 2009.

UPDATE (10:38 p.m.): Wilson took to Twitter, changing his avatar to a photo of a Patriots hat and updating his bio to “PATRIOTS NATION.” He also sent out this tweet:

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