Re: additional camp observations (but still early)
posted at 8/7/2013 12:20 PM EDT
In response to russgriswold's comment:
Here's where you are are wrong:
Wilson wants a ring. If you look at the contending teams for a ring, there aren't many who had their books as well kept as ours off the lockout. It's more about fit than anything else.
Put yourself in his shoes. If Houston goes after Reed as a FS need at 6 million, just who would be attractive to you in FA and which team has some room?
Balt, Pitt? Nope. Cap hell. In the NFC, who has cap room to pay you on your past laurels AND be a legit contender? Bears? Nope? Packers? Nope. SF has no room, nor does Seattle. Detroit? They wnet younger and overpaid for Glover. Plus, do you think your odds are better in the NFC with Detroit or in NE with Brady and BB?
Denver? Nope. Cap hell. You're seeing it right now.
Look around the league. There are teams who are young and trending up, but don't want to get their system guys blocked in their development or had a lot of space to go spending (TB with Goldson).
This was about BB having respect for Adrian Wilson and Wilson the same for BB, the fit and the opportunity. This is like saying no one wanted Rodney Harrison at age 31 in 2003. That's false.
They've already made their money. Let the the guys who want the highest biddy toil away in Arizona or wheever else for 1-2 million more and no chance at a ring.
Anyone proclaiming Gregory is superior to Adrian Wilson isn't getting it. At best, on the depth chart, Gregory is a swing safety (if BB wants to pay someone that for that role) with Tavon Wilson the eventual succesor to the Adrian Wilson role.
I still disagree that this is like Rodney. I never said no one wanted Rodney at 31. But, it is true that no one was offering Adrian Wilson starting safety money at age 34. Three years older is a big deal. Rodney was not losing playing time to younger players in San Diego. He was a straight salary dump. Wilson was not cut just to save the money. He was cut because it did not make sense to pay his salary to a safety they felt had to come of the field in passing situations. Maybe, the Cardinals were dead wrong, but that was their evaluation of him last season.
The cap hell thing is a BS argument. His contract from the Patriots is barely above veteran minimum for player with his experience (the minimum for a 10+ year guy is $910k per year and he is getting $1M). At that number, any team who wanted him would have found a way to get him in under the cap. Denver is something like $9.2M under the cap going into this season (only $500k less than the Patriots).
I am sure that Adrian Wilson wants a ring. It is true that he has not entered a season expecting to be a top seed, but he has been as close to winning a Super Bowl as the Patriots have been since 2004. So he knows as well as any player that just picking the favorite does not guarantee you a ring (for questions on this see Jerome Iginla). I am sure there is a ton of mutual respect between BB and Wilson. That does not mean that Wilson can still play at high level (by which I mean pro-bowl level not just NFL capable).
All that I said, I already mentioned I think that he will easily make the roster, and I assume he will be starting next to McCourty for the Patriots for most of the season. I just think that says more about the safeties on the Patriots roster (McCourty is a converted CB, Gregory was a dud as lasts years FA signing, and Tavon Wilson is still an NFL unknown).