George Wilson caught a lot of passes in high school and college. He did not catch on in the National Football League, though, until he switched to defense.
The Tennessee Titans signed the veteran strong safety Friday in the first of what figures to be several offseason moves designed to shore up the defense. According to reports, the deal is for $4 million over two years with incentives that could add an additional $1 million.
Wilson, 31, has spent virtually all of his nine NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, who released him earlier this month.
“George is a quality veteran player,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement announcing the move. “He will contribute for us on the field, but his contributions also will come off the field, in the locker room and in the meetings 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 was a captain for the Bills in each of the last five seasons and twice (2009, 2011) was Buffalo’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner.
Since the start of 2007 he has appeared in 89 games with 55 starts. He set a career-high with 104 tackles in 2011 and intercepted 12 passes.
Prior to 2007, he was a wide receiver who entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Detroit in 2004. Following a brief stint on the Lions’ practice squad, Buffalo signed him in 2004 and eventually converted him to safety.
A native of Paducah, Ky., he caught 144 passes in four years at the University of Arkansas.