Though many may not have heard of George Wilson, the Buffalo Bills safety is set to become a restricted free agent this coming offseason.
In 2009, Wilson recorded 106 tackles and four interceptions in what was a very impressive season for the Bills. Unfortunately for Wilson, he was overshadowed by fellow safety Jairus Byrd who recorded nine interceptions in his rookie season.
Wilson has four years of experience, so as a restricted free agent, he could qualify for one of the following tenders:
Four years of experience
Original pick compensation: $1.176 million
Second round tender: $1.759 million
First round tender: $2.521 million
First and third tender: $3.168 million
Last season, the Bills tendered Wilson at a $1.01 million salary, which was his original pick compensation (this depends on the round a player was drafted in).
Outside of the unlikely first round tender (would the Bills really pay their third safety $2.5 million?), it would be worth it for the Giants to go after Wilson, even if they have to give up a draft pick to get him.
Wilson knows the system that Perry Fewell will install, and is also coming off of his best season as a pro. His best days are ahead of him.
Sure the Giants can go after a safety in the draft, but it would be wise to give up a draft pick for a known commodity such as Wilson at a position of need.
Other Free Agent Possibilities
Karlos Dansby —Dansby and Wilson would be a dream offseason, as it would give the Giants a lot of leverage in the draft. In round one the Giants could go after a defensive tackle or even offensive linemen if they feel like the value is there.
Chester Taylor —Chester Taylor is the youngest 30-year-old running back you will ever come across. He has had very few touches compared to most backs in the league, and is a great pass catcher and pass blocker. If he were to sign with New York he would have a very Derrick Ward-like role. And that’s a good thing.
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