Adrian Wilson: Cardinals Reportedly Sign Star Safety to Extension

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2012

The Arizona Cardinals have just rewarded superstar safety Adrian Wilson with a contract extension through the 2015 season.

According to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910—a Phoenix-based radio station—the organization decided to void the remaining two years and $17 million on Wilson’s current five-year, $36.5 million deal that he signed back in 2009.

BREAKING' Adrian Wilson has signed an extension w/ the Cards, its a new 4-year deal thru 2015, had 2 yrs remaining on his current contract.

— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) July 24, 2012

Wilson is now poised to remain with the Cards for what will likely be the rest of his career—and he certainly deserves it.

The strong safety was a third-round pick by Arizona in the 2001 draft and quickly became a star player for the franchise. He’s been to five Pro Bowls and been a member of the All-Pro team on three occasions.

He holds the record for most sacks by a defensive back—which the strong safety earned when he racked up eight back in 2005.

Wilson played the entire 2011-12 campaign with a partially torn biceps muscle and didn’t miss a single game. He recorded a respectable 65 tackles while forcing a fumble and snagging an interception.

That toughness and fortitude was certainly appreciated by the Arizona's front office, which was wise to extend the Cardinals' defensive leader and likely freed up some crucial cap space at the same time. 

The Cardinals could use some of the potential new cap room to sign help along the offensive line or an outside linebacker—both huge positions of need where they could use an upgrade at now.

While the Cardinals won’t be able to nab a franchise QB just yet—and likely will wait to see how Kolb pans out this upcoming season—the Wilson extension does make their future a bit brighter.

Keep it tuned here on B/R for the latest news, updates, information, opinions and analysis on Adrian Wilson’s contract extension and what it means for the Arizona Cardinals going forward.