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2014 Redskins Free Agents - Josh Wilson - Buy or Sell?

2014 Redskins Free Agents – Josh Wilson – Buy or Sell?

Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson signed with the team as a free agent in 2011.  He signed a three year $13.5 million contract, and immediately became a starter at cornerback opposite DeAngelo Hall.  Wilson was a starter for one season with the Baltimore Ravens and played for the Seattle Seahawks before that, but now he’ll be a free agent.

Wilson stepped into the starting lineup for the departed Carlos Rogers at cornerback, and was a solid addition.  He wasn’t as expensive as Rogers would have been, but seemed to give the Redskins similar production at corner.  As he contributed 62 tackles, 15 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions on the 2011 season.

He improved on his tackle numbers from 2011 in 2012, as Wilson had 74 tackles.  He also contributed 13 passes defensed and repeated his number of interceptions with 2.  But Wilson surprisingly led the Redskins in forced fumbles in 2012 with 3.  However, even though the Redskins made the playoffs in 2012, their defense plummeted from 13th in 2011 to 28th in 2012.

In 2013 Wilson’s tackles numbers rose even higher with 92 on the season.  However, he only had 7 passes defensed, and only 1 interception.  And also, Wilson seemed to have trouble covering bigger receivers during the season.  As at 5’9 Wilson typically gives up several inches in height to the bigger receivers in the league.

Overall, I think Josh Wilson’s performance has been solid for the Redskins in his three seasons with the team.  He’s a more than willing tackler, and always seems to play hard.  However, if the Redskins bring him back, I can’t see it being as a starter.  As I think rookie David Amerson has shown that he’s ready to step into that role.

The Redskins may have to make a decision between signing Wilson or DeAngelo Hall.  While Wilson may be the less expensive option.  Hall has proven that he’s still at the top of his game.  So would I buy or sell on Josh Wilson?  I like Wilson, but I think the Redskins need to sell.  What do you think about free agent Josh Wilson?  Buy or Sell?


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  • David Dorman

    Sell. He has clearly lost a step and did horrible last year. I saw the back of his jersey chasing a WR many times. I say we get Talib and start Ammerson opposite him and Hall at the slot.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      David, I was trying to be a fair as possible to Josh Wilson, but you’re right he was pretty bad in coverage in 2013. And I’m sure the Redskins will look at Talib, but so will every other team in the NFL. They may have a better shot a Walter Thurmond from the Seahawks. Keep a close watch on him in the Super Bowl.

      • David Dorman

        I would agree with you except for the X factor, and that’s Raheem Morris. He worked with Talib in Tampa but we didn’t have the money last year to get him. I think that relationship may give us a slight edge. The dysfunctional franchise part won’t though lol!

        • Maurice Barksdale

          That’s a good point David, I didn’t think of the connection with Morris. Talib teamed up with Amerson would be a very formidable tandem at corner. We’ll see if it happens.