Wilson: Fins can have 'best secondary in league'

April, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

New free safety Gibril Wilson knows what the ceiling is for the Miami Dolphins secondary.

"The best secondary in the league," Wilson said.

That probably sounds odd to draft analysts and fans who think the Dolphins have a glaring need at cornerback.

Wilson sat down with former Dolphins linebacker Kim Bokamper, the host of "Dolphins Tonight" on local radio station WQAM, and discussed the new-look defensive backfield.

"I think we're going to be a very tight-knit group," Wilson said, "and I think we can be the best secondary in the league if we all just put our heads together and putt he talent together and make it happen."

Wilson has been Miami's top signing this offseason. The Oakland Raiders junked him as a cost-cutting measure. He finished second on the Raiders with 129 tackles one year after they plucked him from the New York Giants' championship starting lineup.

The Dolphins' secondary has been viewed as a question mark. They lost right cornerback Andre Goodman to free agency and replaced him with Arizona Cardinals free agent Eric Green.

Left cornerback Will Allen and strong safety Yeremiah Bell are back.

"We've got to bond as a team," Wilson said. "We've got to work hard. Everybody's got to trust each other. I've got to be able to look to my left and look to my right and make sure these guys have the same passion, the same intensity that I bring to the field."

Bokamper asked Wilson to give the listeners a scouting report on what he brings to the Dolphins.

"A guy that goes 110 percent, a guy that's going to fly around and make plays, a guy that's going to go out and just hit somebody," Wilson said. "That's what I bring. I bring a lot of passion to the game, and I want to be the best. That's how I am, and that's how I'm going to play."

He has played free safety in only one of his five NFL season, but that's the position he played when he won his Super Bowl ring.

"I get to roam a little more," Wilson said. "I get to blitz some. That's what I'm most comfortable with."

Bell, who led Miami with 120 tackles last year, will remain at strong safety. But Wilson noted their interchangeable roles will make the defense more dangerous. Wilson said he and Bell have been working out together every day.

Both of them are known as hard hitters. Wilson recorded 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Bell had one sack and three forced fumbles.

"We'll be able to move around a little more because me and the strong safety, we're basically vice-versa," Wilson said. "We'll be able to do a lot more disguising, a lot more different looks. I think this is a perfect fit for me, and I'm excited to get started."

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