The New England Patriots have parted ways with veteran safety Adrian Wilson after just one year of service.
Wilson did not see the field for the Patriots during the regular season thanks to a torn Achilles he suffered during the team's final preseason game. Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo broke the news and provided an update on Wilson's health:
As his tweet indicated, S Adrian Wilson has been informed he'll be released by the Patriots today. Plans to continue playing. Is healthy.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 4, 2014
The Patriots made things official via the team's website.
Wilson took to Twitter to thank the team:
Thankyou to the Patriots organization for the opportunity. I look forward to the future.— Adrian Wilson (@adrian_wilson24) April 4, 2014
The Patriots had signed Wilson to a three-year deal worth $5 million this time last year, according to Spotrac. New England's recent signing of backup safety Patrick Chung left little room for Wilson on the roster.
Now 34 years old and coming off a major injury, Wilson will be a tough sell to a new team. He spent 12 years with the Arizona Cardinals, the last coming in 2012, when he ranked as the No. 59 overall safety in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
As Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website illustrates, don't expect a reunion between the veteran and his former team:
It's very late in free agency for Wilson to find a new home with a wealth of young talent set to enter the league via the draft. If Wilson scores a deal with a new team, expect it to be sometime in the preseason, as teams in need lose depth thanks to injury or other occurrences.
Wilson still has something to offer as a veteran presence after so many years of quality play in Arizona, so a developing team in need of locker room guidance may find him useful if the two can agree on the financial side of things.