Wilson On The Way Out

Safety Gibril Wilson apparently will be one-and-done. His agent, Alvin Keels, wrote on his Twitter page Friday that Wilson will be released by the Dolphins. The move should not come as a surprise at all, even after GM Jeff Ireland seemed to endorse the player during his scouting combine press conference last week.

Really, should it have been so shocking that Ireland would publicly support Wilson while he was still on the roster? The truth is Wilson was still on the roster when Ireland was asked about him because the Dolphins had to wait until the start of the new year to be able to cut him — remember the Joey Porter situation?

This is what Ireland said about Wilson last week: "I think he took a lot of the rap back there. He was playing with two young corners. A lot of things that the fans or the media would try to blame him on weren't always his fault. But we have our evaluation of Gibril Wilson. We know what kind of player he's capable of being. I think he's going to be a very good player for the future. He's disappointed in his play last year. He would tell you that. He could play better. I think he will."

What spoke much louder than Ireland's words was Wilson's performance, which was really mediocre — and that's being kind.

Wilson gave up big plays in the passing game and missed a lot of tackles, the most glaring coming on the first play from scrimmage in the Monday night game against Indy when he failed to bring down tight end Dallas Clark at midfield, turning a 30-yard gain into an 80-yard touchdown.

Really, did anyone expect the Dolphins to pay Wilson his base salary of $3.85 million in 2010?

Sure, the possibility exists that Wilson could be brought back later at a reduced salary, but one way or another the Dolphins need better — make that much better — out of the free safety position next season.


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