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Patriots to host Adrian Wilson

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The Patriots are expected to bring in ex-Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson for a visit, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said Thursday night.

The Patriots have some questions in the secondary, but at the moment, most of them would appear to be at cornerback, what with Aqib Talib and Kyle Arrington unrestricted free agents and Alfonzo Dennard facing sentencing in April after being found guilty of assaulting a police officer.

That said, the Patriots do have some flexibility in the defensive backfield. Devin McCourty can play safety or cornerback; he made half of his regular-season starts at each position. At safety, they still have Steve Gregory (12 starts last season) in the fold, and second-year pro Tavon Wilson intercepted four passes as a rookie and played all 16 games.

The Cardinals released Adrian Wilson last week in part of a makeover of their defensive back corps. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Wilson would bring a physical presence and healthy dose of experience to any secondary. The Patriots’ interest in at least meeting with Wilson is intriguing.

So too is how the Patriots’ cornerback depth chart will look in 2013.

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26 Responses to “Patriots to host Adrian Wilson”
  1. thenyolive says: Mar 14, 2013 10:30 PM

    Cards fans, what’s the word on this guy?

  2. tbd3 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:31 PM

    This would be a good move. Pats desperately need a steady, veteran presence back there a la Rodney Harrison.

  3. ntestarossa says: Mar 14, 2013 10:48 PM

    I was unaware he was a FA. Not a bad pick up,would be a good addition to that secondary.

  4. thesportsguy52 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:50 PM

    Way to put a picture of both AP and Wilson up to make this article ultra confusing…

  5. ginofelino79 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:52 PM

    Like it. He will make Welker and other wrs think about coming across middle. Hope Pats rope in Abraham also

  6. audge86 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:58 PM

    This would be a good pick up to help the secondary and mentor the young guys

    But the lack of CB news has me super nervous

  7. pistolpete31 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:36 PM

    Yes please

  8. arizonasdj says: Mar 14, 2013 11:47 PM

    As a Cardinals fan it broke my heart to see him get cut. The Patriots would be getting one hell of a player and leader in Adrian Wilson. The whole state of Arizona is gonna miss you A-Dub

  9. easywolf says: Mar 14, 2013 11:53 PM

    Please sign, hope the meet in the average Joe restaurant goes well, just like it did with Rodney Harrison

  10. zaksalant says: Mar 14, 2013 11:55 PM

    What I’m thinking is that if they sign Veteran Wilson, he’ll be teaching Younger Wilson while Younger Wilson plays in sub-packages covering TEs. But I agree, NE needs CBs more than Safeties.

  11. habswoman says: Mar 14, 2013 11:57 PM

    They don’t really have much flexibility with McCourty. Safety or bust. Can’t keep having him switch roles. He looks to be a good safety and he sucks at corner.

  12. patriots2120 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:11 AM

    Please sign him! This would be a great addition if he signs on and they keep Talib. Put McToast at FS and have Dennard and Talib as the CB’s and Wilson and McToast as the Safeties. Defense would look pretty formidable.

    Thoughts?

  13. ravenmuscle says: Mar 15, 2013 12:14 AM

    All that matters is that they lost Wes Welker AND Ed Reed will be playing in Houston.
    Amentola is a brittle tooth pick…good luck with him lasting more than a few games.

  14. truecoat says: Mar 15, 2013 12:22 AM

    Wrong Adrian

  15. houseof666 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:27 AM

    Make it happen mr.kraft!!

  16. kingdm8 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:29 AM

    Well, there goes another former Cardinal to a contender. Add him to the LONG list.

  17. CKL says: Mar 15, 2013 12:44 AM

    As soon as he was cut I was hoping the Pats would look at him. He might not be what he used to be , but the Pats have a young defense and this dude is a pro’s pro and will bring some leadership as well. I am of the (probably minority) opinion that I’d rather have a solid reliable safety like him next to McCourty than a freelancer like Ed Reed. I think having Reed back there with McCourty will hurt McCourty’s development. I’m not slighting Reed at all, he’s an all time great. I’m just saying Wilson’s a better fit for the Pats.

  18. patriotslove12 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:53 AM

    Thank god.

  19. patsfiend says: Mar 15, 2013 12:59 AM

    This is the guy who I was hoping they would check out. I wonder if he can handle cold weather? Aqib’s hammies don’t seem to like it.

  20. cliffordc05 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:07 AM

    Adrian Wilson would be a great addition to the Patriots defensive backfield. I do not understand why Arizona let him go.

  21. patriotsdefense says: Mar 15, 2013 1:19 AM

    Rodney Harrison all over again

  22. bronconation623 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:23 AM

    your not going to get him better not get him hope you dont get him!!!!! bronco nation go to broncos!!!!

  23. ampats says: Mar 15, 2013 8:09 AM

    Sign Him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. jrfrom508 says: Mar 15, 2013 8:26 AM

    Please please please please please

  25. rc33 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:02 AM

    The only certainty about the Pats’ CB depth chart is Ras-I Dowling’s Week 3 trip to the I.R.

  26. sinisterg says: Mar 15, 2013 12:06 PM

    Hey “thenyolive” , Good pick up for the Pats , good for A-Dub too! The man is a true leader, younger players will learn from him. He never had any issues on or off the feild. We were upset in AZ to see him go. Watch his highlights.

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