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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