Adrian Wilson tweets his thanks to Patriots after his release from club: ‘Can’t make the club in the tub’
|04.04.14 at 3:59 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Adrian Wilson era is over in Foxboro before it really ever began.
The Patriots released the 34-year-old safety on Friday, just over a year after being signed as depth in the secondary.
Wilson was signed on March 15, 2013 to a three-year deal. In 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Wilson established himself as one of the hardest-hitting safeties in football, earning five trips to the Pro Bowl, three All-Pro honors and a trip to Super Bowl XLIII. In 11 seasons, he recorded 25 sacks and 25 interceptions.
He was released by the Cardinals on March 8, 2013, then signed by the Patriots a week later for three years and $5 million.
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.
Right after he joined the team, he offered Kyle Arrington a year’s supply of diapers for Arrington’s newborn baby to have Arrington’s jersey number 24, the number Wilson had in Arizona. Wilson eventually got his No. 24 jersey Arrington. <a href="http://audio.weei.com/football/kyle-arrington.htm" Arrington was reassigned to No. 25. Now, Darrelle Revis can have No. 24, the number he’s played with on the Jets and Buccaneers.
Wilson never played a regular season snap for the Patriots as he was placed on season-ending injured reserved on Aug. 31, 2013 with an achilles injury.
Thankyou to the Patriots organization for the opportunity. I look forward to the future.
Can't make the club in the tub