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Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans to check out George Wilson

The Buffalo Bills most likely made an error when they elected to release veteran and captain George Wilson. The 32-year-old strong safety’s release did save the team $2.9 million, but the Bills are losing one of the best ten safeties in the NFL and someone who could be a great fit for another team in the league.

The Tennessee Titans and the Detroit Lions could be the beneficiaries of Wilson’s sudden availability, and Wilson will be visiting both teams this week, per Jason La Canfora. Wilson is one of the best strong safeties in the NFL today, because he is excellent in coverage, a strong run-stopper, a natural leader, and he can also make an impact as a blitzing safety when needed.

All that ability has landed him praise from New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and I wrote a piece yesterday stating that the Patriots should pursue George Wilson. He is such an asset to have on a team due to his character and his ability to both play deep coverage (something the Pats need) and his ability to also make a huge impact in-the-box.

Wilson would also be an excellent addition to the Lions or Titans, because they are both due for upgrades at the strong safety position. The Lions, in particular, are disastrous at safety and Wilson would immediately be a savior to the back end of the secondary. I might be going too far, but he’s certainly a better option for the Lions at SS than Amari Spievey.

La Canfora notes that other teams will follow with interest in Wilson, and I hope the Patriots take a hard look at flipping one of the division’s top players to their own team.

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  • NWBill

    I don’t dispute Wilson’s attributes – he’s a great player. But he’s also 32 years old, and the Bills have another up-and-coming safety behind him who has tons of potential. I have to think that the Bills were looking towards the future in making this move; along with doing it early enough so that Wilson can find another team sooner rather than later. My guess is the 3M savings matters less to Buffalo than Wilson’s age, and the guy behind him. The NFL is a business, and Wilson – of all people – understands that. He really didn’t seem all that surprised.

    • Joe Soriano

      I think so as well, and noted that in an older piece. Searcy looks like a talented up-and-coming guy. He is a terrific run-stopper and tackler with adequate coverage skills, and I think you are right on here. Thanks for the comment, man. For the Bills, it is about youth over age, which is probably why they released the still-effective Nick Barnett as well (he was also more expensive than Wilson). I still can’t believe the Bills outright cut Wilson, but I guess they have a lot of confidence in Searcy. He already showed he can be a quality starting safety in this league, too.

      • NWBill

        Thanks in return! I also think that a message is being sent to this team; mediocrity isn’t going to be acceptable anymore. Not that either Barnett or Wilson were a part of the problem – they definitely weren’t. But I think, given the recent cuts, that there’s a new imprint being put on this team to step up … or find yourself elsewhere. The Bills had effort problems at times under the former coach and staff, and the only way sometimes to deal with that is to be swift and sure with the axe. For me, I LIKE this message; this team hasn’t had anything like this since Jim Kelly retired. And I also think that this is Nix’s doing; not Marrone. Marrone doesn’t even know the players yet, I think Nix took a hard look around his team the past couple of years, and didn’t like the way things were going. Too bad they waited a year too long to fire the coach and staff; but, better late than never. Now things can REALLY move forward; and I think a player like Fitz needs to pay REAL close attention to what the team is doing … and react accordingly.