Louis Delmas has never played a full season while Amari Spievey has been inconsistent and has a history of concussions. The Lions have needs all over the place but they may not be as desperate as the situation at safety.
So it’s no wonder the team has shown early interest in George Wilson shortly following his release from the Buffalo Bills. Wilson already has visits scheduled with the Lions and Tennessee Titans and it wouldn’t be surprising to hear of more added to the list. Wilson is in Tennessee today and will meet with the Lions tomorrow.
The move saves the Bills money, but comes at the expense of a productive player. Pro Football Focus rated Wilson as the 8th best safety for the 2012 season with an overall rating of +12.4. Of particular note is the fact that he did so by being solid against the run (+3.6) and pass (+7.4).
Wilson was set to make $2.9 million next season, seemingly a bargain considering the franchise tag value for safeties is in the neighborhood of $6 million. At the very least meeting with Wilson will help set the team’s course for negotiations with Louis Delmas. Because Wilson is a free agent by release rather than expiring contract, he may sign with a new team immediately rather than waiting for March 12.