Cardinals extend Wilson through 2015 season

BY foxsports • July 24, 2012

TEMPE, Ariz. –
The Arizona Cardinals have signed strong safety Adrian Wilson to a contract extension through the end of the 2015 season.

Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowler, is the longest-tenured Cardinal. He was a third-round draft pick in 2001 and is entering his 12th NFL season.

The 32-year-old Wilson had two years remaining on the five-year, $39 million contract he signed in June 2009. According to the Associated Press, his salary would have counted $6.5 million and $7.5 million toward the cap. The new agreement lowers those numbers, but the total over the four years of the new deal could reach $28 million to $30 million if Wilson meets certain incentives.

Wilson started all 16 games last year and took 1,134 defensive snaps — most in the NFL — despite suffering a torn biceps during training camp. He earned a fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection after registering 65 tackles, 14 passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble.

Wilson ranks 10th in franchise history with 166 regular season games played. He is one of six players selected in the 2001 draft who is still with his original team.

Wilson's career stats include 839 tackles (682 solos), 26 interceptions, 22.5 sacks, 82 passes defensed, 13 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries.

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