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Jilted George Wilson wanted to retire a Bill, excited about next job

By Tim Graham

George Wilson laughed at the idea that as Valentine's Day approaches, he's being courted for the first time in his career.

On Monday, the Buffalo Bills released Wilson, a defensive captain who started every game last season at strong safety. He led the Bills with 73 solo tackles, was second with 98 total tackles and had five pass breakups.

CBS Sports reporter Jason La Caonfora tweeted today that Wilson already has meetings scheduled with the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions with more teams possibly interested.

Wilson told WGRZ Channel 2 sports anchor Adam Benigni that the Bills' decision was expected because they want 2011 fourth-round draft choice Da'Norris Searcy to play.

"When I took my contract in Buffalo after Donte Whitner left, how those negotiations went, I kind of knew that I was just a Band-Aid to over up the wound for a moment, not for an extended period of time," Wilson told Benigni. "Even though I had every desire to finish my career as a Bill, I understand the business side of it."

Wilson, an undrafted wide receiver who was converted to defense, lamented missed opportunities.

He dropped what should have been an interception two plays before Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed a fourth-down touchdown pass with 63 seconds left to beat the Bills in Week Seven.

On the St. Louis Rams' game-winning drive inside the two-minute warning of Week 14, Wilson missed two chances to intercept Sam Bradford.

"I only have control over what I do when I'm out there on the field," Wilson said. "I had those opportunities. I didn't make those plays. And I'm a former Bill now.

"But I'm not going to focus on that particular part of my experience in Buffalo. I've had too many good years and have came across too many great people to just focus on my last season there. I just look at it overall as a great ride."

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Da'Norris Searcy | Donte Whitner | George Wilson
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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