Report: Free agent safety George Wilson to visit Lions this week

Posted by ttwentyman on February 13, 2013 – 10:35 am

The Detroit Lions will host free agent safety George Wilson for a visit this week, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports.

The Buffalo Bills released Wilson, who has started at strong safety each of the last two years for the Bills, on Monday in a salary cap-saving move. He was a captain and had 104 tackles last year.

The Lions are looking to retool their secondary in the wake of a 4-12 season and they’d certainly like to upgrade at the safety position if possible. Louis Delmas, who missed eight games in 2012 due to knee surgery, is an unrestricted free agent. The other starter at safety, Amari Spievey, is a restricted free agent.

The team also re-signed Don Carey late in the season and have Tyrell Johnson and special teamer John Wendling at safety.

Wilson, 31, also has a visit scheduled with the Tennessee Titans this week, according to the report. He has 412 tackles and 12 interceptions in his seven-year career.

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17 Responses to “Report: Free agent safety George Wilson to visit Lions this week”

  1. By jack ostrander on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    Delmas can only play 3 games a year/ RELEASE HIM.
    Speivey can,t tackle let him walk, concusion prone. also like Best.
    Two new safety will improve the defence, one new corner.
    Lionbacker that can tackle and play tight ends crossing the middle.
    Release logan, smith, chelius, Delmas, Harris, RIOLIA Let Naggy play center.

  2. By Terry on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    I would like to get Wilson in here. Not great but solid and a leader. I am guessing since he was released he can sign now instead of waiting for free agency? I think Delmas will be cheaper than most think due to the same issues everyone says cut him. I also actually like Spievey, I think he is a good insurance policy for injury. I think Cherilous is also worthy at a decent price. Cutting everyone sounds good but what are you going to get that is better?

  3. By Sean on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    I’d keep Delmas. If the Lions can upgrade the CB and SS positions he won’t have to run all over the field to make up for them missing tackles or being out of position. Thus lessening his chances to get injured.

  4. By the answer on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    I totally agree we need cb that can cover more then five seconds so that the safety position dont turn into what we been seeing up at the line trying to make a play unless it’s absolutely need them to pick up play and for rhe record j bell is the answer at running back give that boy a real ol

  5. By atrover on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    Wilson may be a reasonable 1-2 year option at the right price but he will be 32 next month, does not make enough game changing plays (picks), and could wind-up like Delmas–plagued by injuries.

    My strong suggestion is to draft one early (by the 2nd day). Safety is a bigger problem right now imo than Corner.

  6. By Black Wolf Standing on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with Sean. Keep Delmas and Houston if we can get quality players to match their skill levels. Draft Milliner and get a quality SS in FA. We would then have our DB’s set.

  7. By Raymond on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    Delmas can play he should remain in our defense.For sure try and talk Hanson into at least another year.Find a punter and keep Durante let levy go.also they must sign Houston sign a free agent def.cross y fingers for a good draft and line up and play 2013.

  8. By LionHeart on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    Glad they’re taking a look at this guy. He could bring some real talent to a position of need.
    The Lions don’t need a “lock down corner”. They just need some quality guys that can stay healthy in the secondary and affect the game.

  9. By mike h on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    Detroit Lions Safties: Factory of band aids since Bennie Blades.

  10. By tufflynx on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    I like Wilson. He is an older player but he could help solidify the safety position for a couple seasons and help in training any young safeties we are developing. Having another solid and reliable safety would be excellent. We have seen this position suffer from injuries to Delmas almost every season since he was drafted. We should re-sign Delmas to an incentive laden contract that pays him for staying on the field and making plays.

  11. By eddie Hiller on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    If we lose Delmas Don Carey #32 will do just fine!

  12. By rockbo1955 on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    I think Wilson is a mistake and Delmas could draw draft picks keep houston get Dee Milner and then free agent that a little younger or draft another ss,cb delmas has been injured so much it might take another year for him to completely heal and we do not have a year to wait on him we need young healthy players that can last 18/ games season and beyond!

  13. By jacksprat57 on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    Rockbo, Delmas is UFA, so the Lions cannot trade him. He goes, they’ll have to wait til next year to see whether or not he’s worth a compensatory pick then. Tufflynx, there are 31 other teams in the league, any one of which can offer Louis a non-incentivized contract to his liking. Keep dreaming.

  14. By LionHeart on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    Reaching for a CB with the 5th overall pick would be a mistake. There is no CB worth that pick in the draft. If the Lions want a CB with their first pick, they should trade down and try to pick up a 2nd round slot, or something.
    DE or OL with 5th over all, or trade it away.

  15. By Michael Lane on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply


  16. By Don on Feb 16, 2013 | Reply

    To Me this guy sounds great!
    With all the positions that we have to fill he sounds Like a safety that we could count on to not just be in the game but, giving us some great playing time, and stopping the run before it reaches the goal line.
    you guy’s have probably heard that Charles Woodson has been released by Green Bay.Woodson can play corner or safety either one.
    It would be great to be able to pick both of those guy’s up for a year or two while we solidify the rest of the TEAM. And be able to resign Delmas and give him the time that he needs to get that knee healed and don’t let him touch the field for at least a year.
    However I don’t know if Woodson even intends to play anymore or not.
    And not that he couldn’t if he wanted to. I’m sure he still has a lot left in the tank,the only thing there being that Woodson already has a Superbowl ring so is he going to play for pay or will he play to get another ring a ring with the LIONS!
    It would look Great in his Hall of Fame story, won the Superbowl for two TEAMS in the NFC NORTH, Green Bay and Detroit!

  17. By simms on Feb 17, 2013 | Reply

    Losing Delmas is no big deal, he only played four games last year,, the dude is broke constantly, so how are we taking a hit? Dump him and his salary and get a guy in that can play 16 games.. We don’t have time to cater to players who are constantly hurt, play or move on. Best should not be allowed back either, the first play he runs he will probably get another concussion, the guy is concussion prone, has been in collegen now the pro’s. Face the facts and drive on.

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