Friday, March 15, 2013

Pats pick up Adrian Wilson, return Kyle Arrington


The New England Patriots, in the hunt for veteran defensive help, brought in three free agents on Friday for official visits. By Friday night, they had one signed.

The Patriots agreed to terms with 12-year veteran and former All-Pro safety Adrian Wilson on a three-year deal, according to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 radio. New England also hosted veteran defensive ends Dwight Freeney and John Abraham. (photo: Victor Dorantes, Wikimedia Commons)

Financial terms of the deal have not yet been announced.

Wilson, who holds the single-season NFL record for sacks by a defensive back with eight in 2005, was still playing at a high level for the Arizona Cardinals before being released last week. He will now provide the Patriots secondary with much-needed veteran savvy and leadership.

The Patriots also re-signed cornerback Kyle Arrington on Friday, according to the Boston Globe. The deal is reportedly for four-years.

Arrington has been a productive starter for New England since 2010 and will provide some continuity to a defensive backfield that has seen high turnover in the past few seasons.

Both moves should help bolster a passing defense that ranked in the bottom five of the NFL in yards allowed per game and average yards allowed per passing attempt.

New England can further improve its pass defense by upgrading the pass rush, something that could be done by adding either Freeney or Abraham, two players well in their 30s but still capable of getting to the quarterback.

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