Safety George Wilson could be good fit for Lions
Veteran safety George Wilson, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday, will visit Thursday as was first reported by CBS Sports.
He started the last two seasons (210 tackles, four interceptions) at Buffalo at strong safety after making the transition from wide receiver in the 2007 season. Oddly enough, he was signed as an undrafted free agent in April 2004 by the Lions. After he was cut, he was signed to the Bills practice squad in the fall of 2004.
Not only is safety very much a need for the Lions, but the 31-year-old Wilson could bring that much desired veteran leadership too. In his eight seasons with Buffalo, he was voted a team captain five times. Like defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, who the Lions cut last week, Wilson was the team’s NFL Players’ Association representative.
Currently the Lions have three safeties on the roster — Don Carey, Tyrell Johnson and special teamer John Wendling.
The Lions have to make a decision on restricted free agent Amari Spievey, who has suffered two concussions in the past year. He’s been cleared to practice after missing the final 10 games of the season after sustaining a concussion on Oct. 22 at Chicago.
Wilson and veteran linebacker Nick Barnett were released by the Bills Monday. Both essentially are salary cap casualties.
According to the CBS report, Wilson also has a visit scheduled with the Tennessee Titans.
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