The Lions have made another move on the first official of free agency in the NFL. According to numerous sources, 25-year old safety Tavon Wilson has signed with Detroit.
Confirmed that Tavon Wilson is headed to the Lions. He played 83 of a possible 1,092 defensive snaps last year. Only appeared in 9 games
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 9, 2016
— Tavon Wilson (@tavonwilson) March 9, 2016
A product of the University of Illinois, Wilson was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft by the New England Patriots. He has played in 54 career games, starting in four of those games. Over the course of his four year career, he has recorded 56 tackles, five interceptions, and 10 pass deflections.
While only playing 83 defensive snaps last season, he also added 155 snaps on special teams.
Most likely a depth move, Wilson gives the Lions another option at safety, as well as adding to the special teams. With the departure of James Ihedigbo, and Isa Abdul-Quddus‘s potential departure, the team has a definite hole at the safety position.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Wilson spent his four years in New England with Lions general manager Bob Quinn.