Friday, April 4, 2014

Patriots bid adieu to Adrian Wilson

He didn't play even one snap for the New England Patriots, but just his presence was enough to spark heated debates on social media platforms.

Whoops!  No, we're not talking about Tim Tebow - rather, the subject you've chosen is "Aging and injured strong safeties who were released by the Patriots on Friday" and the answer is "Who is Adrian Wilson.".

Wilson was released by New England on Friday afternoon, much to the chagrin of a small minority of media and fans who thought that the elder Wilson would challenge second year man Duron Harmon for the starting strong safety position - and Wilson's announcement on Twitter waxed of what others already knew, that he wouldn't ever play a down for the Patriots:

The Patriots save two-third of a million bones against the cap in releasing the 34 year old who spent all of last season on the Patriots' Injured Reserved List after shredding his Achilles Tendon in the final preseason game- coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft doing the veteran a solid in allowing him to collect his salary rather than releasing the 12-year veteran.

It is unclear whether Wilson will garner much interest on the open market, given the severity of last season's injury while factoring in his age, but Arizona Cardinals' fans who had hoped that Wilson - whom the team drafted in the 3rd round of the 2001 NFL draft - would play his entire career with them are probably going to get their wish...

...and the release also means that the folks who make replica jerseys can go ahead and stitch the name "Revis" above the number 24 from this point forward...

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