TEMPE, Ariz. On the 12th day of the 12th month of the year 2012, team spokesperson Mark Dalton noted that, entering this season, only 12 players had spent 12 seasons or more of service with the Cardinals.
Strong safety Adrian Wilson became No. 13 when he took the field for the clubs opener on Sept. 9. Will that No. 13 distinction be unlucky? Its a tough question to answer.
Clearly, little has gone right for the Cardinals since uniform No. 13, Kurt Warner, retired, but one constant through these three years of postseason-less football has been Wilson. Hes played with passion, hes played with precision, hes played through injuries, and hes played with a physical edge that makes ball carriers wary when hes closing on them.
Before the season began, Wilson even agreed to play for less money. The Cardinals extended his contract by two years into 2015, but the deal included a significant pay cut. Wilson was supposed to make 6.5 million this season. Instead, hell earn 1.5 million, plus ...