Bears sign 5-time Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter June 23, 2014 6:56PM
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Updated: June 23, 2014 8:20PM
Intrigued by the aggressiveness shown by Adrian Wilson during his 13 mostly stellar seasons, the Bears on Monday signed the five-time Pro Bowl selection to compete for their strong-safety position.
He doesn’t figure to be a cure-all: Wilson turns 35 in October and missed all of last season, his only one with the New England Patriots, after suffering a preseason Achilles-tendon injury.
The Bears were impressed by the former Arizona Cardinals star’s health, athleticism and ball skills during a workout Monday at Halas Hall.
His signing — to a one-year deal — indicates what the Bears have said all offseason, that both safety positions are wide open.
The team figures to select the best four or five players from a group that includes free-agent signees Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings, Danny McCray and Wilson; fourth-round draft pick Brock Vereen; and returnees Chris Conte and Craig Steltz.
Neither Conte, who had offseason shoulder surgery, nor Steltz, who had a leg injury, played during organized team activities or mandatory minicamp.
Steltz is expected to return for training camp, while coach Marc Trestman said he didn’t know if Conte, whose goal is to do the same, would start the preseason on the physically unable to perform list.
The 6-3, 230-pound Wilson earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2009 and appeared in the Pro Bowl in 2006 and from 2008-11.
He is one of 13 players in history to intercept 20 or more passes and record 20 or more sacks since the league began tracking sacks 32 years ago.
He started 162 games with the Cardinals before signing a three-year deal in 2013 with the Patriots, who released him in April.
Defensive end Cornelius Washington was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, Glascock County (Ga.) Sherriff’s Office chief deputy Jeremy Kelley confirmed to the Sun-Times.
He was pulled over for traveling 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. When officers found his license was suspended, he was taken to McDuffie County jail and released.
The 2013 sixth-round pick, who played two games for the Bears last season, had “already disposed of his citations” and had his driver’s license reinstated by midday Monday, Kelley said.
This and that
The Bears signed tight end Jeron Mastrud to a one-year deal. He started 12 of 16 games for the Oakland Raiders last season, playing more than half the team’s snaps. The 26-year-old blocking specialist caught six passes last year. The Bears roster is at the maximum 90.
◆ Former Bears pro personnel director Bobby DePaul was hired as a senior personnel associate by the Cleveland Browns.