Tuesday, February 12, 2013
George Wilson's next team
By Tim Kavanagh
The Buffalo Bills made the somewhat surprising decision to release veteran S George Wilson this week. Though it all but confirms that they'll be re-signing or franchise-tagging fellow S Jairus Byrd, the next steps for Wilson remain somewhat of a mystery.
There are a number of teams looking to bolster their safety ranks this offseason, and while Wilson may not be a definite starter for all of them, he'd certainly be in the mix to battle for a starting gig, and would improve any team's depth at the position. Two teams that could use the help in particular -- as well as another veteran voice in the locker room -- are the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans. ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky examines the fit for Wilson on those two clubs:
Paul KuharskyWilson a fit in Indy or Tennessee?
"The Titans need a strong safety who can lock in, be a settling force and allow Michael Griffin to play exclusively as a center fielding free safety. They also need leadership on defense. Wilson could fit that job description, but so could others like William Moore of the Falcons who's also heading into free agency and is younger. I don't know if the Colts feel they need an upgrade at strong safety, but I believe they do. Tom Zbikowski is a good player to have around as a third safety, a special teamer and a veteran presence. But I felt free safety Antoine Bethea was stretched too thin trying to help a secondary that didn't have enough talent last year and they need more than cornerback help to fix that."