Adrian Wilson has played more games than any other player in Cardinal franchise history since they moved to Arizona, but his streak has come to an end as Wilson has been cut by the Cardinals and will hit the open market when Free Agency unofficially opens at midnight tonight. Wilson represented the Cardinals in five Pro Bowls and has been a major part of the Cardinals success including their trip to the Super Bowl a few years ago.
Wilson’s 34 years old and has been around the NFL for the last 12 seasons but he’s still got plenty left in the tank and he’ll likely be snatched up by a contending team, as veteran safeties with Wilson’s kind of talent are very hard to find in the NFL.
The move to release Wilson comes as both a salary cap move and as a trend towards getting younger. Releasing Wilson frees up roughly $3 million of cap space for the Cardinals and it allows them to get younger on defense, something they’re trying to do on both sides of the football under new head coach Bruce Arians.
It’s going to be strange to see Wilson in a new uniform for the first time in his career, but wherever he lands he’ll likely have a major impact on defense.