Wilson looks to make good with Pats after release by Cards

Wilson looks to make good with Pats after release by Cards
April 30, 2013, 1:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- Adrian Wilson is happy to be in New England. Make no mistake about that. 

But when the veteran safety met with reporters at Gillette for the first time, he couldn't quite shake the bitterness out of his voice when discussing his release from Arizona. 

"Last year was last year," he said. "Obviously, things didn't go my way as far as the way that I wanted it to go. Obviously, players slow down as they get older, but they also have experience and they've seen a lot of things as far as football goes."

The Cardinals let go of Wilson in early March. 

The move seemed appropriate in context; Arizona decided early on an offseason of change. The team began with an overhauled coaching with Bruce Arians at its head and just four holdovers to 13 new faces. Leaving the 33-year old Wilson behind -- his 12 seasons of service and five Pro Bowl honors -- was about prizing youth. 

Thing is, the safety took a $3.5 million pay cut in July of 2012 to avoid such a release. 

"To say that a person is not good enough..." he said before a pause. "That wouldn't be the right verbiage to use as far as that is concerned. I feel like I can help [New England] win and that's pretty much my plan."