The New England Patriots secondary just got a big dose of attitude.
Former Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson came to terms with the Patriots on a three year contract. Value of the deal has not been announced.
Certain to be lauded as the second coming of Rodney Harrison, the 13 year veteran plays the game a bit closer to the vest than the often fined and vilified former San Diego Charger and New England Patriots enforcer.
Though far from conservative in style, Wilson is the perfect player to bridge the gap in the Patriots’ secondary. Age has sapped some of his speed, but his heart and brain remain in the right places, meaning that Wilson can mentor New England’s other Wilson, last year’s 2nd round selection Tavon,. while providing a professional attitude and violent run plugging while he’s at it.
The signing will have an effect on last season’s starter Steve Gregory, while Tavon Wilson is expected to fill the nickle safety role.
The newcomer Wilson will team with free safety Devin McCourty and corners Alfonzo Dennard and Aqib Talib – provided Talib re-signs with the team as expected – to form a solid, if not intimidating secondary.