In an effort to upgrade their secondary, the Chicago Bears have signed five-time Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, on Monday afternoon.
FIVE TIME PRO-BOWLER
Wilson, 34, was last on an NFL team in the 2013 preseason with the New England Patriots but was one of the top safeties in the NFL during his time with the Arizona Cardinals and was elected to the Pro Bowl as recently as 2011. The 6-4, 222-pound strong safety made his five Pro Bowls from 2006-2011 when he was one of the more intimidating hitters in the NFL.
Wilson has 25.5 career sacks and 27 interceptions and started 162 games in his career since the Cardinals took him in the third round out of North Carolina State in the 2001 Draft.
The Bears were thought to be considering taking one of the top safety prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft and with both Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on the board with the Bears picking at No. 14 passed on the top two at the position in favour of cornerback Kyle Fuller in the first round.
The Bears didn’t draft a safety until they traded up in the fourth round to take former Minnesota man Brock Vereen, who could well be in line to start as a rookie.
With at least one starting job up for grabs after Major Wright left as a free agent to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason and free safety Chris Conte recovering from offseason shoulder surgery it is very likely that Wilson could line up at the strong safety position with Vereen at the free safety spot this season.
The addition of Wilson could be a bonus for the rookie Vereen who can learn from the 2009 All-Pro and help adjust to life in the NFL.
Safety has been a bit of a revolving door on the back end of the defense over the better part of the last decade for the Bears, so it looks like there’s a chance that could continue in the 2014 season.