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Thankyou to the Patriots organization for the opportunity. I look forward to the future.
— Adrian Wilson (@adrian_wilson24) April 4, 2014
Signed last offseason and dubbed "The Incredible Hulk" by teammates because of his chiseled physique, Wilson was placed on season-ending injured reserve at the end of the preseason. He had appeared to be on the roster bubble before landing on IR.
Wilson, who was in town for a physical on Wednesday, also tweeted: "Can't make the club in the tub."
Wilson was scheduled to earn $1.5 million in 2014 and his release comes one day after the Patriots signed safety Patrick Chung to a one-year contract with a maximum value of $1.1 million.
A bigger safety at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, Wilson's signing was compared by some to when the Patriots signed hard-hitting safety Rodney Harrison in 2003. But things didn't unfold as either side anticipated.
The Patriots will have a net cap savings of $671,666 from Wilson's release.
In a move that has been expected, veteran safety Adrian Wilson was informed of his release by the New England Patriots on Friday, and he followed up by tweeting a thanks to the organization.