- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Bills released strong safety George Wilson, a team captain who was second on the team with 93 tackles in 2012.
He’ll be 32 in March but started all 16 games for the Bills in a productive team.
Whether either of the safety-needy teams in the AFC South like him or not, the presence of an additional capable safety in the free agent market is good for the Titans and Colts. The more guys at the position on the market the better for teams who will be shopping in that aisle.
Scouts Inc. gave him a grade of 77 and this report the last time they wrote him up:
Wilson is a big, physical safety with excellent power. He bounced back from injury to have an excellent 2011 season. He lacks great speed and lateral burst to close in the open field and is most effective attacking the line of scrimmage. He anticipates well and maintains leverage best in combination zone coverages. Wilson has some limitations, but he brings toughness and attitude to the Bills' secondary.
The Titans need a strong safety who can lock in, be a settling force and allow Michael Griffin to play exclusively as a center fielding free safety. They also need leadership on defense. Wilson could fit that job description, but so could others like William Moore of the Falcons who’s also heading into free agency and is younger.
I don’t know if the Colts feel they need an upgrade at strong safety, but I believe they do. Tom Zbikowski is a good player to have around as a third safety, a special teamer and a veteran presence. But I felt free safety Antoine Bethea was stretched too thin trying to help a secondary that didn't have enough talent last year and they need more than cornerback help to fix that.