Thursday, February 26, 2009

Breaking News: Dolphins Sign SS Gibril Wilson

In a surprising move, the Dolphins signed free agent safety Gibril Wilson to a five-year contract on the eve of free agency. Released by the Oakland Raiders on Feb. 20, the 27-year-old Wilson was free to sign with any team.

Wilson was let go by Oakland just one year into a six-year, $39 million contract. He had previously played four years with the New York Giants after being drafted in the fifth round out of Tennessee in 2004. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in their victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

This is certainly a surprising move, as I think most of us just assumed the team would re-sign Yeremiah Bell. Although Wilson can play free safety and has experience at the position, he's better suited for Bell's strong safety position and I have to believe this signing means Bell won't be back.

Givn that it's a five-year contract, I also have to believe Wilson got decent money here. He'd have no incentive to sign for that long unless he was getting paid good money.

I'll have more info and analysis on this move tomorrow, but I'm pretty stacked today having to finish my two offseason preview videos and put out a special "offseason wishlist" article I have in the works.

UPDATE: NFL.com's Adam Schefter reports the deal is a five-year, $27.5 million contract with $8 million guaranteed and $16.5 million on the first three years. Pretty good money, that's for sure.

Surprisingly, Schefter also says re-signing Bell is next on the list for the Dolphins and they hope to get that done today. I can't imagine Bell will be terribly cheap, so it seems like we're going to have quite a bit of money tied up at the safety position. Stay tuned.