Cardinals sign veteran S Wilson to extension
The deal was reached Tuesday as the team reported to its training camp in Flagstaff.
The 32-year-old Wilson had two years remaining on the five-year, $39 million contract he signed in June 2009. The new agreement reworks that deal and could pave the way for him to retire as a Cardinal. Terms were not disclosed.
No one else on the Arizona roster has been with the team as long as Wilson, a four-time team captain who was a third-round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2001.
He made the Pro Bowl last season for the fourth year in a row, despite being slowed by a torn biceps, an injury he sustained in training camp and that never fully healed throughout the season. Wilson, like most of his teammates on defense, struggled early with the system of new coordinator Ray Horton, but came on strong at the end of the season as the Cardinals won seven of their last nine games to finish 8-8.
Wilson finished the 2011 season with a career-high 16 passes defensed. He had 75 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. He was in on 1,134 defensive snaps, most of any player in the NFL.
The durable strong safety has played in 166 games, 10th-most in franchise history. In his 11-year career, Wilson has 26 interceptions, 22 1/2 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries.
This is the fourth contract he has signed since the Cardinals chose him out of North Carolina State.
The Cardinals get an early start to training camp because they will play in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, against New Orleans on Aug. 5. The team holds its first workout Wednesday at its Northern Arizona University practice facility amid the thin air and pines of Flagstaff, with an elevation of 7,000 feet and temperatures that are far cooler than the triple-digits of Phoenix.
The team will work out for four days this week and next week before heading to Canton. After that, the Cardinals will practice in Kansas City before playing the Chiefs there on Aug. 10.
The only player with a significant injury is tight end Jeff King, who is recovering from surgery to repair a quadriceps injury sustained during offseason workouts.
Running backs Beanie Wells, who is coming off knee surgery, and Ryan Williams, who missed all of what would have been his rookie season with a knee injury, are expected to be limited at least through the early portion of training camp.
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