Scouting Report: DB Gibril Wilson

Safety Gibril Wilson was signed to a big contract by the Oakland Raiders last offseason after he had spent four seasons with the New York Giants, but the Raiders released him after just one season. So what happened in Oakland with Wilson, who was signed by the Dolphins on Thursday? We turned to Michael Wagaman of Silver & Black Illustrated (oak.scout.com) for the answer.

Here's what Wagaman told us:

"The Raiders' decision to release Wilson was primarily driven by finances, as he was one of several free agents the team overpaid for in 2008. But a few other factors played into the move, as well, primarily Wilson's overall performance, which could described as inconsistent and mediocre at best.

"On more than one occasion the veteran free safety blew coverages and was caught in no-man's land as the player he was assigned to streaked down field for an easy score. Wilson was also ejected late in the fourth quarter against Buffalo in Week 3 after taking a swing at Bills running back Marshawn Lynch.

"In addition, Wilson was also very outspoken about some of the moves made by the front office, most notably when the Raiders released cornerback DeAngelo Hall in midseason. In fact, when Hall was let go Wilson told reporters he thought Oakland was going to cut him as well. He was right, but his timing was off.

"On the field, Wilson finished ninth in the NFL with 129 tackles. That comes as no surprise since he was the leading tackler in the league from 2004-2007. But it was never a comfortable fit in Oakland for either side."


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