Source: Bills want to extend Wilson

Posted on February 17, 2010 by Patrick Moran

George Wilson Buffalo Sports DailyI spoke with a league source who told me the Buffalo Bills would like to sign restricted free agent George Wilson to a contract extension before NFL free agency starts on March 5.

According to the source, if the Bills are unable to reach an extension before the deadline they will apply a second-round tender on the fourth year safety.  If the Bills tag Wilson with the tag at that level it would pay him $1.759 million for 2010 and force a team to give up a second round draft pick as compensation for signing him should the Bills not match an offer.

Wilson was valuable to the Bills in 2009, finishing second on the team with 91 tackles despite not starting full time.  He also was second on the club with four interceptions and added a pair of sacks and a forced fumble.

If by some miracle there’s a new collective bargaining agreement in place before March then Wilson would become an unrestricted free agent.

Could an extension for Wilson spell the end of Donte Whitner’s Buffalo career?  There’s already a report from at least one website that covers the Washington Redskins that suggest Whitner could be headed to the nation’s capital via trade on March 5.  (For the record, the source I spoke to knows nothing about a potential Whitner trade.)

The source also expects Buffalo to resign offensive guard Richie Incognito with a low tender that would pay him $1.176 million next year and force a team to surrender a third rounder for signing him.  With Eric Wood uncertain for 2010 coming off a severe broken leg the team wants to be set at guard as they begin to fill a lot of holes via free agency, trades and the NFL draft.

Like Wilson, Incognito would become unrestricted if a new CBA deal is miraculously accepted.

Other Bills who are restricted with no new labor deal include Keith Ellison, Gibran Hamden, Joe Klopfenstein and Ashton Youboty.

Derek Schouman and Jonathan Scott are normal restricted free agents.

We anticipate Ellison and Schouman getting tendered at the lowest amount, which would pay Ellison $1.176 million and Schouman $1.101 million.  Ellison was a sixth round pick and Schouman a seventh rounder.  Ellison is not a good fit in the new defense but has experience and could provide depth.  With Derek Fine being released on Tuesday Schouman’s value at tight end should grow.

There are four levels of RFA Tenders.  They go as follows:

High Tender: Allows the team to receive the other team’s 1st and 3rd round picks - $3.043M for players with 3 accrued seasons; $3.168M for players with 4 or more accrued seasons

Middle Tender: allows the team to receive the other team’s 1st round - $2.396M and $2.521M

2nd Round Tender– Allows the team to the other team’s 2nd round pick - $1.684M and $1.759M

Low Tender: allows the team to receive a draft pick equal to the round in which the player was originally drafted (as noted above after each player’s name) – 1.101M and $1.176M

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1 Comment on Source: Bills want to extend Wilson

  1. Matt

    I hope they keep Wilson and cut Whitless, but not until the day before the 2010 season starts as that would severely limit Whitless’s options and paycheck for 2010!

    As to Richie, keep him around. We need an O lineman that has some gutts and a nasty streak to help handle Wilfolk and other slimeballs like him!

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