The release of Adrian Wilson sends out mixed emotions to Cardinals fans. He is one of the most storied and legendary players to ever throw on the Birdgang Red, but after last season where he was often benched in favor of Rashad Johnson due to his declining play, it seemed it was time for both sides to move on.
Still, A-Dub feels he has something left in the tank and could offer some snaps at the safety position to another team in the NFL. While the market may not be huge for him given the amount of free agent safeties, I have no doubt that some team will take a flier on him for his hard hitting ability and leadership. The question is, what team will that be?
Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly suggests that maybe Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots will look into signing him.
Could see Belichick sniffing around Adrian Wilson. Was complimentary of AW prior to Cards game last yr. Could be enforcer needed at S.— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) March 8, 2013
Another team that may show interest is the Philadelphia Eagles. They are in need of talent in their secondary at both safety positions and more leadership would be welcome as well. The San Diego Chargers make sense as well. They recently cut Atari Bigby and Corey Lynch remains unsigned. Being reunited with many staff members, including Ken Whisenhunt, may do Wilson some good.
The last team that I am envisioning as having interest is the Dallas Cowboys. While I hope this doesn't happen, they do need big time help at strong safety after Barry Church went on IR last season and the release of Gerald Sensabaugh. At the very least, Wilson could offer them limited snaps in a backup role.
What do you think? Where are some places you could see A-Dub taking his talents to? It will be odd to see the future Cardinals Ring of Honor inductee playing in another jersey, but at this point, it seems likely to happen.
Editor note: Wilson noted he wants to stay on the West Coast because he is not going to move his family. During the season, he talked about how hard it would be to move his kids. Obviously that will depend on interest, but he does not want to be far from Arizona. I would limit where he would prefer to San Diego, Denver and San Francisco.