The Falcons continue to fill in the holes in the backfield, noted that fixing the defense was one of the team’s biggest concerns going into the offseason. In addition to signing Javier Arenas, the cornerback out of the University of Alabama, earlier in free agency, the Falcons have added more depth and more experience to the secondary having agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Josh Wilson and veteran safety Dwight Lowery this past Tuesday.
Wilson is entering his eighth NFL season. Formerly from the University of Maryland, 29-year-old Wilson, was originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks as the 55th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He spent one season with the Baltimore Ravens after being traded by Seattle in 2010. In July 2011, Wilson signed a three-year contract with the Washington Redskins where he had started every game in the last three seasons. He recorded 93 tackles and two forced fumbles for the Redskins in 2013.
Lowery, 28 years old, played college ball at San Jose State. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL draft. After three seasons with the Jets, Lowery was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. Lowery played only the first three games before he suffered a season-ending concussion last September.
Wilson and Lowery join Robert Alford, Robert McClain, Desmond Trufant and William Moore as key roles in the secondary.