The Detroit Lions had some well documented struggles within their secondary last year. These problems were seen specifically at safety, especially when the losses of Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey to injury were not easily covered up.
Now, with the offseason underway, the Lions are hoping to remedy that problem fast with the help of a familiar face. Safety George Wilson, a valuable member of the Bills' secondary since 2004, was released due to salary cap concerns recently. Now, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, the Lions are perhaps interested in a reunion. Wilson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Lions in 2004, but was quickly cut by Detroit. He then quickly went on to blossom in Buffalo.
Wilson could provide some immediate help for his first team. In his career, he has 12 interceptions, 412 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He's been a steady competitor also, winning Buffalo's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2011. Perhaps Wilson's greatest asset to Detroit would be age. At 31, he'd be the right man to take over a leadership role in the secondary and tutor plenty of young corners and safties, all of which seem to need a steadying, guiding influence to right the ship.
Given these factors, expect Wilson's services to be in high demand across the league. LaCanfora reported that the Tennessee Titans had a visit scheduled with him as well, and additional meetings with other teams are expected. The Lions will have to hard sell the fact that they're still a team on the rise, and Wilson's leadership in the secondary could be the variable to put the defense over the top. If he buys in, that might very well become the case.
Reported by Marc Sessler of NFL.com, ProFootballFocus rated Wilson the eighth overall safety in football last season. The Lions haven't had anyone ranked that capably at the position in years, making this potential move an interesting one.
The first steps are being taken by the front office. Now, let the wooing begin.
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