San Diego Chargers sign S Jimmy Wilson

It’s hard to love this move as it likely means Jimmy Wilson will likely be the starter in the secondary for the Chargers in 2015. He’ll play Marcus Gilchrist’s old role as a hybrid safety/cornerback, moving to the slot in sub packages with Jahleel Addae coming in at safety. It fits his skill set as he’s versatile, playing both cornerback and safety in Miami, but I like him more as a 3rd cornerback or safety. He should be more of a 500-600 snap player than a 1000+ snap player like Gilchrist has been the last 2 seasons. He played a career high 791 snaps in 2014, as he was their primary nickel cornerback and made several starts at safety as well, with Louis Delmas getting hurt to end the season and Reshad Jones getting suspended for the start of the season. He graded out below average in 2014 though, making it twice in three seasons that he’s done that.

However, the Chargers are getting a very solid value with this 2-year, 4.25 million dollar deal with 1.25 million guaranteed. Wilson isn’t that much worse than Gilchrist, who signed a 4-year, 22 million dollar deal with the Jets. Ron Parker, a comparable talent with less experience, got 5-year, 25 million from the Chiefs and this is certainly a better deal than that one. The Chargers didn’t have a ton of cap space left after signing King Dunlap, Brandon Flowers, and Orlando Franklin to reasonable deals so I definitely don’t hate the idea of getting Wilson cheap and trying to mask his deficiencies with talented defensive backs like Eric Weddle, Brandon Flowers, and Jason Verrett.

Grade: A-




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