Friday, February 22, 2013
Wilson should help settle Griffin for Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Titans have addressed one of their biggest needs with a veteran who should bring them both the production they lacked from the strong safety position in 2012, and a large dose of the leadership the defense lacked.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessee first reported and the Titans have since announced that they have agreed to terms with George Wilson, the former Buffalo Bills captain.
“George is a quality veteran player,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in the announcement. “He will contribute for us on the field, but his contributions also will come off the field, in the locker room and in the meeting 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 turns 32 on March 14, and his best ball is certainly behind him.
But he’s played for Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray before, in 2003 with the Bills. Wilson can be a sure tackler, and is very much a strong safety.
That means Tennessee can ensure that Michael Griffin will play as the free safety. While there is no guarantee the inconsistent Griffin will be better, this maximizes the chances. He’s got ball skills that should put him at his best when allowed to play as a center fielder and play the football instead of trying to corral a player who already has it.
Griffin played his best when paired with a wily veteran, Chris Hope, and Wilson is likely to serve as a secondary organizer much in the fashion that Hope did.
It’s giant for the Titans to address a major need before free agency even arrives.
Now they can focus on interior offensive linemen -- plural -- and a pass-rushing defensive end while being able to address some other positions that don’t qualify as the same level of need.