Gamble, Adrian Wilson Hit the Market

The Eagles are in big-time need of some help in the secondary. Fortunately for them, the list of players they’ll have to choose from in free agency continues to grow as we near the start of the three-day negotiating period.

The Cardinals released five-time Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson Friday. The 33-year-old has spent all 12 seasons of his distinguished NFL career in the desert, but he’ll be in a different uniform in 2013. The 6-3, 222-pound defensive back had three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 15 games last season.

Howie Roseman told Birds 24/7 that he will not necessarily shy away from a player because of his age.

“There are certain players that no matter what the age is, they set the right example, they do the right thing. As you’re building a culture, they help carry that culture forward. That’s important stuff,” said Roseman.

Generally speaking, though, this is a team with at least one eye on the big picture, and they would ideally like to find a younger safety solution.

The Panthers, meanwhile, released cornerback Chris Gamble, who carried a reported cap hit of 11 million. Gamble (6-1, 200) played in just four games last season because of a shoulder injury. The 29-year old has 27 career interceptions since being selected by the Panthers in the first round back in 2004.

The Jaguars have released corner Aaron Ross and safety Dawan Landry.

With teams working against a flat cap, more cuts are on the way.

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  • Andy

    Wow, I had read that a lot of veteran players were going to be fighting for a limited number of roster spots but until recently it didn’t quite hit home. Teams are really cutting their older players across the board, including in the secondary.

    • CJ

      You can add Biby to the list as well. Even if you don’t like these names, it’s still good news. If nothing else, this drives down the cost of other DBs on the market. After all they’re not drafting and starting 4 DBs this year, and they pretty much need 4 DBs at this point.

      • CJ

        *Atari Bigby. doh

  • Roasty

    A veteran safety like wilson could be just what we need. The draft is deep in safeies, a position that needs to be addressed in the draft no matter who is signed in FA. A vet like wilson could help develop new talent bc we all know there is no one to learn from on our current roster. Would enable the eagles to take advantage off the draft class depth and use their higher picks on scarce draft talent positions of need such as olb

  • PaoliBulldog

    Just saw a retweet of some analyst’s comment that between free agency and the draft, it’s a buyer’s market for safeties and corners. But Wilson may be too far over the hill to be a factor. With the cap space they’ve got, the Eagles ought to be able to fill some holes.

  • FMWarner

    Wilson would be a great stopgap to help instill some work ethic if he didn’t cost too much. Dude played with a torn pec last year. Ronde Barber is also making noise about wanting to play one more year, and if Tampa doesn’t re-sign him I’d love to have him for a year at safety.

  • DayToday

    – i have been saying this for months, all our secondary needs are 2 good safetys, my top choice is dashon goldson and anyone out of adrian wilson, rashad johnson, glover quin, hell id take ed reed and prolly draft a safety and clearly our d-line has to get pressure but we dont need to get rid of DRC and Nnamdi…cut them a break they were playing infront of the 2 worst safetys in the NFL arguably and our d-line got hardly any pressure
    – i find it so funny people want to bring in sean smith who gave up 6 TDs last yr and the most 1st downs of all the CBs, but ppl complain about DRC and Nnamdi who both gave up only 5 TDs all yr… i have said 1000000000 times, every CB in the NFL is going to get beat, if you cant understand that then maybe its time for you to watch another sport

  • Todd Orange

    These guys are not going to be good fits, mainly due to age. Safeties that we should consider on the open market are Goldson or Philips (as long as he checks out medically) even Moore from ATL or Landry from the Jets. Combine that with a strong push for FA CB Sean Smith and draft one more DB in the first or second round and we are looking at a revamped squad. I’m not opposed to resigning DRC, but outside of Boykins he is the only player in the secondary worthy of another look.

    • bsn

      You’d wanna pick up Landry from the Jets? This may be hard to believe but he’d actually be a downgrade from our safeties. Think of him as a slower, less able to cover and bigger head hunter than Coleman.

      • Todd Orange

        Landry albeit is a one dimensional player; however r is way better than anything we currently have on the roster.

        • bsn

          Nate Allen is better than Landry. Landry is God awful. Not bad, God awful.

          • Todd Orange

            Dude he was a pro bowler last year. Even in the age of the fifth option at a given position making it to the pro bowl you still have to be decent. The guy lays wood and is athletic.

          • bsn

            Who gives a hoot about being a pro bowler? You mean that thing that *fans* vote for? Who cares if he lays wood? We’ll still be having the same problems of people running free deep.

          • Todd Orange

            I always think you need to have an enforcer across the middle who isn’t afraid to put a good hit on someone and another guy that can offer good coverage skills, that is why there are to safety positions. Landry would come in to be physical in run support and make WRs think twice about crossing the middle. He isn’t my top choice but once again better than anything we currently have. Agree to disagree I suppose.

    • GoBirds1

      Signing an ex-Giant never works, bad Karma.