Arizona Cardinals Safety Agrees to New Deal

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms with SS Adrian Wilson on a new five-year contract. The Cardinals put a top priority on signing their longest tenured player.

The two-time Pro Bowler, whose contract was set to expire after the 2009 season, is now under contract with the team through the end of the 2013 season. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Adrian Wilson (6-3, 230), who is known as one of the better in-the-box safeties in the NFL, was taken by the Cardinals in the third-round (64th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State. The longest tenured player on the team, Wilson will begin his ninth season with the Cardinals in 2009 after earning his second Pro Bowl selection last season while collecting 85 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions.

The 29-year old High Point, N.C. native was first selected to the Pro Bowl in 2006 after he returned both an interception and a fumble 99 yards for touchdowns, becoming the first defensive player in NFL history with two TDs of 99+ yards in the same season. Wilson is on the verge of becoming just the ninth player in NFL history with at least 20 sacks and 20 interceptions as he currently has 18.5 sacks and 18 interceptions.

Wilson has appeared in 118 regular season games (100 starts) and collected 651 tackles (481 solos), 18 interceptions, 18.5 sacks, 63 pass deflections, 10 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries with the Cardinals. He also played in all four postseason games last season for the Cardinals and collected 20 tackles and forced two fumbles.

With Wilson's contract out of the way, the team is expected to turn their attention to extending LB Karlos Dansby's deal. Dansby signed his one-year franchise tender of $9.678 million back in March and the team probably would like for him to play at no more than half of that salary cap number this season.

While the team would still also like to extend the contract of WR Anquan Boldin, he still has two years left on his deal.

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