Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) gets away from New England Patriots strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) in the second quarter of a preseason game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Release Safety Adrian Wilson

A day after safety Danieal Manning signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, the New England Patriots decided to cut their own safety coming off an injury.

Adrian Wilson has been informed he will be cut today by New England, which adds another safety to the market the Chiefs can target if they wish. First, here’s the Twitter evidence of Wilson’s release:

Kansas City had a visit scheduled with Manning before he signed with Cincinnati so the Chiefs are still kicking the tires on free agent defensive backs. There are no indications right now the Chiefs will make a play of Wilson, however, so keep that in mind as you read along.

Wilson missed all of 2013 with a torn Achilles, though a report in February said he would be ready to participate in the off season workout programs starting this month.

As always, Kansas City is looking for depth and not necessarily a full-time starter. Wilson can be that guy assuming he is healthy. PFF says Wilson was a slightly below average player as a full-time starter for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012, his last full season. That year Wilson had a -2.4 overall grade with a +2.6 pass coverage grade and -6 grade against the run. What may be more important is Wilson had a 22.0 tackling efficiency in the passing game, a stat that may be more important for the Chiefs scheme than coverage grades.

Another thing to consider is Wilson is 6-3, 230 pounds and is considered a very physical player. KC’s off season appears to be focus on adding physical defenders so Wilson would fit the bill. Assuming he’s healthy, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Chiefs brought him in for a visit.

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  • Dave Hoffman

    How many years has he been in the nfl

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  • Daniel Mayfield

    Size and physical? Sounds like he would fit in. Get him better on the running defense.
    My question is….what’s his speed and can he keep players infront of him instead of them getting past him?

    • Amar S.

      Believe me.. There’s nothing left. I remember last season, Jake Ballard coming off a major ACL tear beat Wilson deep at NE practice. Furthermore, Wilson didn’t look good in the preseason. I wouldn’t be too excited for him.

  • P Heitman

    No thanks, he’s 100. Lol.

  • berttheclock

    BTW, there is a great article over at ESPN by Bill Williamson, who covers the Broncos about the value of the nickle corner back. It concerns Cliff Harris, Jr, the CB of whom Walter Football rated as the 48th best CB for the 2012 draft and Pioli, apparently, didn’t even scout just 40 some miles up the Kansas Turnpike. The Broncos gave him a walk on and he has become so valuable, that even with a season ending injury, they protected him from signing with any other team. The reason this article is so interesting is due to the fact it addresses the value of a nickle back in any defensive set up. The back must be quick enough to handle receivers inside, tough enough to tackle and fast enough to handle receivers on the outside. Even the talented Flowers had problems trying to play that position. Elway said they are hard to find because of the limited time and coverage given to scouting the DBs, but, he says the position is second in importance to a team only behind finding a top QB. I realize this is an article about a player of the hated Broncos, but, it is worth viewing to better understand the need for the Chiefs to have such a nickle D-back.

    • Bigtexjayhawk

      Are you talking about Cliffs twin brother Chris??

  • tm1946

    Looks like another passer-thru. See the Chiefs are looking for veteran help but this guy signed somewhere else….. did not wantneedtoo oldinjuredno money etc, etc, etc.

  • Roger Mihalko

    Vernan Kearney on roster……6-2 185 lbs… 4.4 speed… he fits bill for free safety physics, any talent?

    He was a former wide receiver in college… he is a tall fast guy…..why not try him as Wideout too?

  • Lyle Graversen

    Here’s the thing, at his age he doesn’t have the speed to play much in coverage so he would have to be more of an “in the box” safety and the Chiefs love to use Berry down near the line of scrimmage. Unless they plan on changing how they use Berry this signing wouldn’t make much sense to me. Even in his prime he wasn’t a center field, last line of defense, coverage safety which is what KC needs opposite Berry.

  • chris pomeroy

    Come join the vikes

  • Delano LaRoque

    umm is that really accurate that we are looking for depth? who is at the moment our starting safety? Abdullah? Commings?? I would say we still have very much a blank at would probably be more for depth though. How about Thomas DeCoud from Atlanta. he would fit perfectly, as a starter

  • trinity

    As a veteran, he should go somewhere where he has a legitimate shot at a ring. Kansas city isn’t it

  • LeVar Hill

    Put him in the box to cover tight ends and blitz, let berry play center field he’s too talented and fast to be in the box fighting guards and shit, he needs to be flying around in the defensive backfield like Earl Thomas does.