Marc Wilson, who didn't figure in the New England Patriots quarterback plans, announced his retirement Thursday after a 10-year NFL career.
He spent the past two seasons with the Patriots after sitting out the 1988 season. He had been cut before that season by the Los Angeles Raiders. He had spent the first eight years of his NFL career with the Raiders.After going 1-15 last season, the Patriots undertook a rebuilding campaign. There was a front office shakeup, Dick MacPherson replaced Rod Rust as coach and there was an emphasis on younger players.
Wilson's fate was sealed when the Patriots signed Plan B free agent Hugh Millen, formerly with Atlanta, and drafted another quarterback, Maryland's Scott Zolak, on the fourth round Sunday. They also have quarterback Tommy Hodson, their third-round pick last year.
Steve Grogan, a 16-year Patriot veteran who holds most of the team's passing records, isn't expected to be signed either. He said the Patriots have told him he doesn't figure in their plans.
Wilson, 34, started six games last season. He completed 52.5 percent of his passes and threw six touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. In 1989, he made four starts, completing 50 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and five interceptions.
Wilson had been released by the Raiders on June 1, 1988 and signed with Green Bay July 9, 1988. He was waived by the Packers on Aug. 30, 1988 and spent that season out of football.
In April 1989, he signed with the Patriots as a free agent.