The Patriots' initial plans for the 2013 season included a specific vision for what veteran safety Adrian Wilson would bring to the team.
A bigger presence at the position at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, the hard-hitting Wilson made a positive early impression with teammates and earned the nickname "Incredible Hulk" because of his chiseled physique. But things ultimately didn't unfold as planned, with Wilson on the roster bubble by the end of the preseason before he landed on season-ending injured reserve.
On Friday, Wilson was a guest on Fox Sports 910 AM Phoenix, speaking on the "The Drive" with Jody, MJ & Bauer. His tone suggested that he doesn't expect to be back in New England in 2014 despite signing a three-year deal with the club last March.
"Being out for a whole year and sitting back and watching is way tougher than what I imagined," Wilson said on the program. "Now I'm really just focusing on myself, not so much the situation, just trying to get myself healthy and just ready to play, whether it's New England or whatever ... I really don't know what's going to happen. So I'm just trying to focus in on myself right now."
The former Arizona Cardinal said on the program that he would like to play in 2014 and beyond.
Wilson is scheduled to earn a $1.5 million base salary in 2014 and has a salary cap charge of $1.8 million. If he is released, the Patriots would pick up about $1.2 million in cap space.