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Cards send message with Wilson extension

6/4/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

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ST. LOUIS -- Just as the 49ers were announcing an extension with tackle Joe Staley, the Cardinals announced a long-anticipated extension with safety Adrian Wilson.

I'm on the field at Rams minicamp and about to speak with Steven Jackson. Both of these deals are significant. The deal with Wilson rewards a player who has handled himself the way the Cardinals would like others -- notably Anquan Boldin -- to handle themselves.

Getting a deal for Wilson also moves up Boldin one spot in line for a new contract. Karlos Dansby remains ahead of him. We still don't know whether the Cardinals and Boldin can agree on a deal, but with Wilson's deal out of the way, they're probably closer to having meaningful discussions.