The Bengals officially announced the signing of safety Gibril Wilson to a one-year contract today.
Wilson's agent, Alvin Keels, wrote:
Wilson will push starting free safety Chris Crocker, who will miss this weekend's minicamp after undergoing ankle surgery in February. Now on his fourth team in four years, Wilson was a liability in coverage last season while coming up short on big plays.
Wilson is a good run support safety and while he may lack the speed to be a solid starting cover safety, he seems more than capable of stepping up and filling the role of Roy Williams or Chris Crocker as a guy who likes to hurt people who don't wear the same color jersey as him. Wilson will add depth to the safety position which lacked depth due to injuries at the end of the season.
Aaron Wilson, from the National Football Post, wrote that in Wilson's career, he's registered over 600 tackles, 8 1/2 sacks, 13 interceptions, 31 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries and then went on to say:
"We’re excited to have Gibril join our secondary group," Bengals defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle said. "He’s a veteran who has played at a high level in the NFL and he brings us a lot of tools. He can play both safety positions, and he will compete for time and make our group better."
The Bengals have made some great additions through the draft and free agency to a defense that ranked fourth overall last season. I'm excited to see what Mike Zimmer can do with all of the new talent. It's has been exciting to watch the Bengals defense grow to the point that it has and it'll be even more exciting to watch Zimmer's defense (or Z-fense if you will) beat up the competition all the way to the playoffs.