Patrick Chung’s gain was Adrian Wilson’s loss.
A day after the Patriots re-signed Chung, their 2009 second-round pick who played with the Eagles last year, they released Wilson, who missed all of last season with an injured Achilles’ tendon.
The move isn’t all that surprising. Wilson, 34, signed a three-year deal with the Patriots last offseason after 12 years and five Pro Bowls with the Cardinals, but didn’t play well during training camp and lost the strong safety job to Steve Gregory.
Many expected Wilson to be released at the end of training camp last August, but instead the Patriots put him on injured reserve, allowing him to rehab and work out around the team throughout last season and serve as a veteran mentor for some of the younger defensive players.
Wilson apparently realizes that his inability to stay healthy cost him a roster spot.
“Can’t make the club in the tub,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
Releasing Wilson gives the Patriots more than $1.16 million in cap savings, which they used to sign Chung, who is eight years younger. But Chung isn’t guaranteed a roster spot, either, and likely must earn his keep as a role player and special teams contributor.
According to a copy of his contract obtained by the Globe, Chung signed a one-year deal worth a maximum of $1.1 million: veteran minimum’s salary of $740,000, plus a $60,000 signing bonus, $60,000 workout bonus and roster bonus of $15,000 per game active (maximum $240,000). His salary cap number will be $1.04 million.
Dennard, 24, was released from the Lancaster (Neb.) County Adult Detention Facility on Friday, an administrator confirmed. He served 35 days of a 60-day sentence for a 2012 assault on a police officer in Lincoln, shortly before he was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round.
Dennard reported March 1 and his sentence was reduced for good behavior and for three days he had already spent in jail. He also was given two years probation.
Dennard also was cleared of his other legal issue when his charge for drunken driving last summer was dismissed in exchange for a $500 fine and another year of probation.
Dennard should be free to participate with the Patriots when they open the offseason workout program April 21. However, it is unclear whether Dennard will be able to play all 16 regular-season games this fall. An NFL spokesman said Friday that the league is still reviewing Dennard’s matter for a possible punishment and/or suspension under the league’s personal conduct policy.