- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New England Patriots finally landed the playmaking safety they were looking for to help fix their 29th-ranked pass defense. The Patriots reached an agreement with five-time Pro Bowler Adrian Wilson, his agent confirmed on Twitter on Friday evening.
Wilson brings a much-needed intimidating force to the back end of the Patriots' defense. He has 27 career interceptions. Wilson also is one of the top safeties at playing in the box, as evident by his 25.5 career sacks.
Age could be an issue for Wilson, who is 33 and entering his 13th season. However, Wilson has been durable, missing only two games the past five seasons. He will be a Week 1 starter for the Patriots’ secondary, which also has safeties Devin McCourty, Steve Gregory and Tavon Wilson on the roster.
Wilson still has quality football left in him. He made four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2008 to 2011. New England hopes Wilson can quickly get back to his form of two years ago.