NASHVILLE, Tenn. --The Titans agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with free agent George Wilson.
The 6-foot, 212-pound safety joins the Titans after spending the majority of the last nine years with the Buffalo Bills. In 92 career games with the Bills, he contributed 362 tackles, 12 interceptions, 22 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Additionally, he totaled 57 career tackles on special teams. Wilson became a free agent when the Bills released him from his contract on Feb. 11.
"George is a quality veteran player," said Titans general manager Ruston Webster. "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 originally entered the NFL with the Detroit Lions in 2004 as an undrafted free agent wide receiver. He was waived by the Lions at the end of his rookie training camp and subsequently spent a month on their practice squad. After being released by the Lions, the Bills signed him to their practice squad.
After appearing in three contests on special teams in 2005, Wilson spent all but one week of the 2006 campaign on Buffalo's practice squad. He was inactive once as a member of the 53-man roster.
During the 2007 offseason, he transitioned from wide receiver to safety. The move paid dividends, as he went on to play in 12 games with nine starts that season. He intercepted a pair of passes and scored twice—once on an interception and once on a fumble return.
Elected as a team captain for each of his final five seasons in Buffalo, Wilson would go on to start 55 total games at safety while maintaining a leadership role on special teams. Additionally, he was honored with the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2009 and 2011.
The 2011 season also saw Wilson record a career-high 104 tackles and tie his career high with four interceptions, a mark he initially reached in 2009.
In 2012, Wilson started all 16 games for the first time in his career. He ranked second on the squad with 98 tackles and added five passes defensed.
A native of Paducah, Ky., Wilson was a two-time all-state selection at wide receiver for Paducah Tilghman High School. He then went to the University of Arkansas, where he hauled in 144 passes for 2,151 yards and 16 touchdowns in 44 career games. He led the team in receiving during his junior and senior seasons with the Razorbacks.