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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wilson officially out of the AFC West

By Bill Williamson

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Many folks around the NFL characterized the Oakland Raiders' decision to cut safety Gibril Wilson as imprudent. Oakland can't take back the decision now.

Wilson has agreed to a deal with the Miami Dolphins, exactly a week after he was surprisingly jettisoned by Oakland. There was some hope around the Raiders that Wilson could come back with a new deal. That is now impossible.

I am a bit surprised Wilson signed with Miami without somewhat of a fight from Denver and San Diego. Both teams could have used him. But a source close to Wilson indicated neither team made a real run to keep him after he was unexpectedly available on the market.

Oakland cut Wilson because it was in salary-cap trouble. Wilson signed a six-year, $39 million deal last year as part of Oakland's lavish free-agent spending spree. Wilson was the only new player in 2008 to make a difference for the Raiders. He had 129 tackles, which was the ninth-highest in the NFL.

Wilson was far from perfect, especially in coverage. But he was a solid player and he's better than what Oakland has now. But the Raiders can't look back now. Wilson is a Miami Dolphin.