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Adrian Wilson | Defensive Back

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/12/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
College: North Carolina State
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Bears SS Adrian Wilson says he didn't tear his Achilles' last summer, but was dealing with Haglund's deformity.
Haglund's deformity is most common in women. It's a bony enlargement on the back of the heel near the Achilles' tendon that often leads to bursitis, a painful inflammation of the bursa sac. It becomes irritated when rubbing against shoes. Wilson is competing for a roster spot in a wide-open Bears safety group. Jul 22 - 12:57 PM

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Bears signed SS Adrian Wilson and TE Jeron Mastrud.

A likely future member of the Arizona Cardinals' Ring of Honor, 34-year-old Wilson will give his fading career one last shot with the safety-needy Bears, who used Ryan Mundy and fourth-round pick Brock Vereen as starters during minicamp. Wilson is a strict in-the-box safety, and missed all of 2013 with a torn Achilles' tendon. Mastrud, formerly of the Raiders, is a blocking tight end.
Jun 23 - 4:07 PM

Patriots released SS Adrian Wilson.

New England's signing of Pat Chung made Wilson expendable. Now 34 years old, Wilson never played a snap for the Patriots in 2013 after signing a three-year, $5 million deal last March. He tore his Achilles' tendon in the preseason finale. Achilles' tears are career threatening even for young players, and this one could easily end Wilson's career. Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All Pro. Though probably not a Hall of Famer, Wilson will eventually be a member of the Arizona Cardinals' Ring of Honor. He hopes to keep playing.
Apr 4 - 2:42 PM

Patriots SS Adrian Wilson (Achilles') is expected to be ready for OTAs.

Wilson tore his Achilles' last preseason and spent the year on I.R. It's no lock that he'll actually fully recover as a 34-year-old. Wilson also may not be long for New England. The Patriots can save $1.2 million against the cap by releasing him.
Feb 18 - 3:28 PM

Patriots S Adrian Wilson (Achilles' surgery) suggested that he doesn't expect to be back in New England in 2014.

Wilson signed a three-year deal with the Patriots back in March, but missed the entire season on injured reserve. Even if he manages to get healthy, Wilson could struggle to draw interest from teams as a rotational safety. New England can save $1.2 million in cap space by releasing Wilson.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 1 - 2:54 PM

Patriots S Adrian Wilson (injured reserve) tweeted that he underwent Achilles' surgery.

Wilson was placed on injured reserve before the season started, but the team had made no announcement to what the injury was. We're not sure if Wilson tore his Achilles' or not, but he just recently began running on Thursday. He signed a three-year deal with the Patriots in March. At 34 years old, Wilson is a candidate to be released in the offseason. His career may be over.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 10:12:00 AM

Patriots placed S Adrian Wilson on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, ending his season.

The Patriots didn't announce what Wilson "injured." He played into the second half of Thursday's preseason finale. It's possible the Pats are just paying Wilson a veteran courtesy by letting him get paid instead of releasing him. Wilson was signed to be a hard-hitter and veteran leader in New England's safety corps, but looked greatly diminished in camp. Going on 34, it's possible the longtime Arizona Cardinal has played his final down of meaningful football.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 06:19:00 PM

The Boston Globe believes Patriots S Adrian Wilson is on the roster bubble.

Beat writer Ben Volin calls Wilson's play "reminiscent of John Lynch" in 2008. Lynch was signed to be a hard-hitter and locker-room leader, but couldn't survive final cuts. Wilson is running behind Steve Gregory opposite Devin McCourty.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 09:28:00 AM

Adrian Wilson will open training camp as the Patriots' starting strong safety.

Wilson was reduced to a part-time role with Arizona in 2012, but will get the majority of playing time as an in-the-box safety in the Patriots' base defense. Going on age 34, Wilson will likely be replaced in passing situations by the winner of a nickel safety battle between Steve Gregory and Tavon Wilson.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 08:24:00 AM

Patriots agreed to terms with SS Adrian Wilson, formerly of the Cardinals, on a three-year contract.

Wilson was one of many veterans the Patriots hosted for a Friday visit. After grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 safety in 2011, Wilson fell all the way to No. 59 in 2012 while being benched from Arizona's nickel defense midway through the season. 33-year-old Wilson is an in-the-box safety who will likely play early downs before being replaced by some combination of Steve Gregory and Tavon Wilson in passing situations. Wilson will probably be hailed as Bill Belichick's "next Rodney Harrison," but it's highly, highly unlikely he'll have 50 percent of that kind of impact.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 07:27:00 PM

Free agent SS Adrian Wilson will visit the Patriots.

It's Wilson's first known visit since being released by the Cardinals six days ago, and the 30-plus-year-old free agent safeties aren't getting much play, yet. 33-year-old Wilson's play fell off last season as he was demoted out of the nickel defense, but he can still be a solid presence as an in-the-box safety.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 09:46:00 PM

Free agent SS Adrian Wilson plans to play at least one more season.

Wilson, going on age 34, hopes to land with a West Coast team who'll likely be in playoff contention. Very limited at this stage of his career, box-safety Wilson could perhaps intrigue a club like Denver or San Diego if he's willing to play for near the league minimum. Wilson is a two-down strong safety.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 04:31:00 PM

Cardinals released SS Adrian Wilson.

The move saves $3 million in salary cap room. Wilson said in December that he didn't expect to be back for a 13th year in the desert, and he was right. The 2001 third-round pick is just one year removed from an elite campaign, but saw his play slip in 2012. Wilson was demoted out of nickel packages in November. With the safety market loaded with experienced talent, Wilson may have to wait a while for a new deal. He's going on age 34.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 12:03:00 PM

Cardinals SS Adrian Wilson doesn't expect to be back in Arizona next season.

The 33-year-old safety is signed through 2015, but was demoted out of nickel packages in November. "It hurts," Wilson said. "It hurts. They can give you 1,000 reasons why that is, but I know I can still play football. It's tough right now." Wilson says the decreased snaps have made him "ponder about my future." If the disintegrating Cardinals decide to clean house this offseason, Wilson will almost certainly be let go.
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 12:12:00 PM

Cardinals SS Adrian Wilson was demoted out of nickel packages in Sunday' Week 11 loss to the Falcons.

Wilson was only on the field in base sets as he finished with one tackle and no sacks, pass breakups or forced turnovers. Rashad Johnson started the game, marking the first time Wilson hasn't started since he joined the team in 2008. "Looks like it worked pretty well, didn't it?" coach Ken Whisenhunt said of the secondary change. "Like I said, it was consistent with our message to the team and I think our team rallied behind that. Our team played hard today."
Sun, Nov 18, 2012 09:03:00 PM