George Wilson - "Very grateful for opportunity in Buffalo"
Buffalo (WKBW) George Wilson believes the writing was on the wall. The now former Bills safety says he was not surprised to learn of his release on Monday.
"Watching how things played out I knew it was on the horizon" Wilson told Eyewitness Sports Director Jeff Russo on Tuesday. "Anyone who has been around this business long enough can see the signs. Safeties don't rotate in the NFL", said Wilson on the phone.
Wilson started in all 16 games for the Bills at strong safety in 2012, but shared time with second year defensive back Da'Norris Searcy. "That was something the team wanted to do. We did it during the off-season and we did it during the regular season. Yesterday was just something that was coming", said Wilson.
Wilson, who originally was signed to the Bills practice squad in 2004, says while it's tough to leave a place he's grown to love he understands the NFL is a business. He's also glad that the Bills made the move sooner then later. "Buddy (Nix) told me they are going in a different direction but they wanted to do it early enough to allow me to get on with another team. That is something that I appreciate. They could have strung me along with the intention of cutting me at training camp", said Wilson.
It may not take long for Wilson to find a new home. The 31-year old says his agent has already received calls from other NFL teams. He says he's looking forward to a new opportunity but will miss Buffalo and the Western New York area. "I loved it. It was a place that I felt like was home to me. The fans of Western New York made it that way. I am very grateful for my opportunity in Buffalo"