Landover, MD, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) makes a reception as Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson (26) defends during the second half at FedEx Field. The 49ers won 27-6. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons sign cornerback Josh Wilson

Update: The team has officially announced the Wilson signing, in addition to signing veteran safety Dwight Lowery.


In the grand scheme of things, the cornerback position is quite low on the list of “needs” for the Atlanta Falcons, but despite that, Thomas Dimitroff and company have seemingly come to an agreement with free agent cornerback Josh Wilson.

Wilson tweeted out his new-found allegiance to Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, and ESPN’s Vaughn McClure (among others) is reporting that the two sides have come together on a 1-year pact. The 29-year-old Wilson has spent the last three seasons as a full-time starter in Washington, and prior to that, he started 33 games over 4 seasons with the Seahawks and Ravens.

With the Falcons loaded with Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant at cornerback, it appears as if Wilson will be directly competing for playing time with Javier Arenas and Robert McClain for supporting duty. As long as the financial terms are within reason, this is a no-lose situation for Atlanta, and adding a player with significant experience at a reasonable age is never a bad thing, especially when expectations are low.

The Falcons still have glaring holes on the defense, but with Arthur Blank’s willingness to open the check book and solid draft position, there is a long way to go in the off-season and plenty of time for those upgrades to take shape. Stay tuned.

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