NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have taken their first step toward improving their defense, agreeing to terms with safety George Wilson.
The Titans did not release details Friday of the multi-year contract, but Wilson is the first player added to a team that allowed a franchise-record 471 points in 2012. The 6-foot, 212-pound Wilson will team with free safety Michael Griffin, who was signed to a five-year deal worth $36 million last June.
"George is a quality veteran player," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement. "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."
That veteran experience is much-needed on a Tennessee defense that had seven starters in their fourth season or less in 2012 with all three starting linebackers in their second season or less. That unit gave up at least 30 points in seven different games and ranked 27th in the NFL in yards allowed.
The Titans had signed veteran Jordan Babineaux to a two-year deal last March. But he wound up starting only 12 games while being pushed aside at the start of the season for Robert Johnson, and he started only one of the final three games.
Titans officials visited with Wilson after Buffalo released him Feb. 11. They were allowed to sign him before total free agency begins on March 12 because he was cut by his previous team.