Tuesday, February 18, 2014

If Patriots still want him, Adrian Wilson will be ready


Who is the next Kam Chancellor, and how can the New England Patriots get him?

There isn’t, at least not in this year’s draft.

The Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl run was due in large part to their smash-mouth, hard-hitting defense -- their secondary in particular. They were blessed with the big body of the safety Chancellor roving all over the field.

This is a luxury the Patriots have not had since Rodney Harrison’s days; however, with the news that Adrian Wilson should be ready for OTAs, which begin late-April, a huge boost for a secondary that once again is faced with identity issues this offseason could be on its way.

According to The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, Wilson, who had Achilles surgery last season, is expected to take the field with his teammates for offseason workouts after missing all of last season.

After signing a three-year, $5 million deal last season, Wilson was supposed to be the answer at strong-safety for the Pats. The tandem of Devin McCourty and Wilson was supposed to give their sub-par secondary a major boost.

Supposed to.

The aforementioned injury put that tandem on a season-long hold, forcing the Pats to swap in Duron Harmon and Steve Gregory in place.

At 6-foot-3, the 35-year-old Wilson could bring a large presence to New England’s secondary in 2014 and could have a large impact on the star McCourty as well. McCourty and other defensive backs are scheduled to work out with Wilson in Arizona this offseason.

The Pats could still cut Wilson, should they need the extra cap space. They'd save $1.2 million by releasing him.

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