Given the success it brought to Super Bowl champion Seattle, a team that had three N.C. State alumni in prominent roles, Chicago has been a major player in the market for Pack free agents. The Bears signed veteran safety Adrian Wilson to a one-year deal Monday; the team brought in defensive end Willie Young earlier in the offseason.
Wilson, one of only 13 NFL players to record over 20 sacks and 20 interceptions in his career, joins another Wilson, C.J., who spent last season with the Bears as an undrafted free agent. C.J. was active for just a couple of games and recorded one tackle. Adrian inked a three-year deal that was potentially worth over five million samolians with the Patriots last offseason, but he missed the entire season with an Achilles injury that eventually required surgery. He was cut and saw little of that dough. Terms of his deal with the Bears have yet to be disclosed.
With Seattle’s success, soon every NFL roster will look like this (but hopefully without the indecisiveness on how to type North Carolina State):
In other offseason Pack in the pros news, running back Andre Brown inked a one-year, $645,000 deal with the Texans, where he will spell Arian Foster. Terrell Manning, erstwhile member of the Packers and Chargers, was picked up by the Giants. He will join former teammate Markus Kuhn in the Big Apple. Kuhn missed parts of the last two seasons with an ACL injury but media reports out of New York have heralded his play in minicamps. The defensive tackle looks to be in line for snaps on the two-deep rotation and is in the running for a starting gig according to his position coach.
Hey Chicago, Leroy Harris is still out there as a free agent. A fourth former Pack player is surely what you need to get you past the Packers and on to Super Bowl glory.