Friday was officially International Women’s Day. It was also, unofficially, “National Cut Your Defensive Backs Day.”
Have a look at the notable DBs released as free agency nears. The Eagles will certainly have plenty of options to rebuild their secondary …
Cardinals cut Wilson
After 12 years in Arizona, Adrian Wilson will have to find another team. The 33-year-old safety was released Friday by the Cards, according to XTRA 910 (via ProFootballTalk).
Wilson has been one of the game’s most productive safeties for a decade. He has two 100-plus tackle seasons, 25.5 career sacks and 27 interceptions. In six playoff games he had 35 tackles, two sacks and forced two fumbles.
It won’t take long for a leader like Wilson to find a new home.
Panthers bail on Gamble
Chris Gamble missed 12 games last season with a shoulder injury and the Panthers weren’t about to pay him the $7.9 million he was due in 2013. Instead, the team announced his release on Friday.
Gamble, a nine-year corner, had some decent years in Carolina and will latch on with a team if he is deemed healthy enough. He intercepted 13 passes his first two seasons and has 27 for his career.
Jags release Ross, Landry
Jacksonville’s secondary will look completely different in 2013. Derek Cox is likely to hit free agency, and on Friday the Jags parted ways with cornerback Aaron Ross (per the Florida Times-Union) and safety Dawan Landry, according to a ProFootballTalk source.
Ross’s release comes a year after he signed a three-year deal worth nearly $10 million. He had no picks in 14 games last season.
Landry was set to make $5.35 million this year.
Both players are 30 years old.
Wright still employed ... for now
Buccaneers CB Eric Wright was a candidate to be cut before free agency, but his four-game drug suspension last year gives Tampa Bay the option to cut him at any point prior to the 2013 season with no financial obligation, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
So Wright, who is due $7.75 million next year, will remain a Buc for now while the team tries to fortify its secondary in free agency and the draft. It also gives Tampa Bay time to re-work Wright’s deal.
The 27-year-old corner has 14 interceptions in six NFL seasons. He was a second-round pick of the Browns in 2007.
Bye bye, Bigby
And we have another: The Chargers announced the release of safety Atari Bigby.
Bigby is 32 and coming off a season-ending groin injury, so there doesn't figure to be much of a market for him.