INDIANAPOLIS _ The Tennessee Titans took what they believe is a step toward solving their safety problems, agreeing to a two-year deal with free agent George Wilson.
Wilson was released by the Buffalo Bills as a salary cap cut recently, and visited with the Titans shortly after his release.
“I'm so excited to be with the Titans. I grew up near there in Paducah, Ky., and Nashville was kind of like my second hometown. I have a bunch of family there. I'm sure I'll be spending a lot of time trying to get tickets for all of them,” Wilson said.
Titans general manager Ruston Webster is excited to add a veteran player, who is also a locker room leader.
“George is a quality veteran player,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said. “He will contribute for us on the field, but his contributions also will come off the field, in the locker room and in the meetings rooms. He was respected as a football player and a leader during his career in Buffalo, and he will bring that veteran presence to our team.”
Wilson is excited to help shore up a defense that gave up a franchise-record 471 points a year ago.
“I just want to come in and be a veteran presence, and be somebody that can help take the pressure off the other guys in the secondary and on the defense. I want to be able to make the calls so that it makes it easier for everybody else to do their jobs,” Wilson said.
One of the Titans top off-season missions was to upgrade the safety position with the intent of keeping Michael Griffin at free safety and finding a player to pair with him.
Wilson said he is looking forward to playing with Griffin.
“I played for the last several years with Jairus Byrd in Buffalo, and I believe Michael Griffin is that same type of playmaker. My job will be to make the calls and take some of the pressure off of him so he can just go out and make plays,” Wilson said.
Wilson initially made his mark on special teams, but transitioned into becoming the Bills regular strong safety. Wilson started 55 games at safety for Buffalo and was a Bills team captain for each of his final five years with the club.
According to a source, the Titans are unlikely to sign any more players this week in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine.