The Ravens made a move this evening, getting the secondary depth they have been seeking by trading with the Seattle Seahawks for cornerback Josh Wilson.
Wilson, 25, is in his fourth season out of the University of Maryland. His hometown is listed as Upper Marlboro, so there is a decent chance he was a Redskins fan growing up – but we won’t hold that against him. It’s always cool to have another Terp on the team. If Dominique Foxworth hadn’t gotten injured, half the damn secondary might be former Terps. Of course, without the Foxworth injury, the team may not have needed to make the trade…
But I digress.
The move was a rather necessary one, even with the improved play of the secondary as the regular season approaches. Cary Williams is suspended for the first two games of the season, which puts him out against the WR-heavy Bengals, when Lardarius Webb will be back is still very much up in the air, and Fabian Washington is again living up to his reputation of being fragile. Fabe played quite well against the Giants Saturday night, but bruised his ribs (reportedly on the very first play making a routine tackle) and has missed both practices so far this week.
Wilson gives the team some much needed security at CB. The trade was reportedly for a fifth-round draft pick in 2011, which could be upgraded to a 4th-rounder if Wilson plays a predetermined number of snaps. Not bad for a guy who was starting for Seattle this preseason.
Wilson started all 12 games in which he appeared for the Seahawks in 2009, and 12 of his 16 in 2008, picking off 6 passes and returning 2 for touchdowns during those two seasons. He also forced 3 fumbles in 2008.
He can also return kicks and punts capably, as you can see in this poor-quality video I chased down on Youtube:
While not the Willis McGahee-for-Champ Bailey blockbuster nonsense that many Ravens fans have been clamoring for, this looks like another solid pickup by Ozzie & Co.
Update: Here is a better video, c/o Virtual Vensanity: