Wilson ready to contribute after season on IR

Wilson ready to contribute after season on IR
February 1, 2014, 8:30 pm
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Adrian Wilson has been a forgotten Patriot.
 
But the former Cardinal, placed on IR at the end of training camp, still has two years left on the contract he signed with the team in March. The 33-year-old Wilson signed a three-year, $5 million deal with a $1 million signing bonus.
 
Wilson’s base salary in 2014 is $1.8 million. If the team releases him before the season, it will take a cap hit of $666,667 (the prorated portion of his signing bonus that hasn’t yet hit the cap).
 
He spoke to Arizona radio on Friday and detailed his current situation.
 
“I had the whole year off to reflect and (I had) time to get my mind prepared on football,” said Wilson. “I’m not saying it wasn’t (prepared) before but being out for a whole year just sitting back and watching was way tougher than what I imagined so now I’m really just focusing on myself not so much the situation and trying to get myself healthy and ready to play whether it’s New England or whatever happens because I really don’t know what’s gonna happen so I’m just trying to focus in on myself right now.”
 
Having spent the year on IR, Wilson was eligible to collect his full 2013 salary. Wilson battled a hamstring injury through camp and was unimpressive in the safety rotation during preseason games. The injury may have had something to do with it.  
 
Asked if he still believes he can perform, Wilson said, “I’ve never doubted that. It’s all about the opportunity to do it. My whole goal was to go out and play a few more years anyway. Now that I’ve had the year off and my body’s fresh now I have no doubt that’s gonna happen.
 
“I’m gonna just keep rehabbing and whenever the offseason program begins I’ll be ready to go … at the end of March,” he said. “Just keep rehabbing and getting my body prepare for whatver it is, if I have to go workout or go to offseason work.”