Friday, March 5, 2010
Gibril Wilson not worth cost for Dolphins
By Tim Graham
Two years in a row, safety Gibril Wilson signed a handsome contract only to get by released by the team that thought he was worth the price.
Wilson's agent, Alvin Keels, has tweeted the Miami Dolphins have released Wilson after a disappointing season as their free safety.
The Dolphins made Wilson their major free-agent signing last year, giving him a five-year, $27.5 million contract with $8 million in guarantees.
In 2008, the Oakland Raiders gave Wilson a six-year, $39 million contract with $16 million in guarantees. Then the Raiders cut him after a season.
Wilson became the target of Dolfan scorn for his routinely missed tackles and blown coverages on big plays.
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, speaking with reporters a week ago at the NFL scouting combine, defended Wilson and seemed to indicate they were happy to have him back.
"I think he took a lot of the rap back there," Ireland said. "He was playing with two young corners [rookies Vontae Davis and Sean Smith]. A lot of things that the fans or the media would try to blame him on weren't always his fault.
"But we have our evaluation of Gibril Wilson. We know what kind of player he's capable of being. I think he's going to be a very good player for the future. He's disappointed in his play last year. He would tell you that. He could play better. I think he will."
Then again, maybe he won't.