Tavon Wilson is a bit of an unknown, but he could end up being a realistic signing by the Cleveland Browns. It is no secret that we have holes at certain positions that need to be plugged up and with cap space near the $100 million mark, the Browns have more than enough money to fill up some of those voids. The biggest area of concern would be the quarterback position and landing Kirk Cousins would consume a big chunk of that money, but it would be worth it. That being the case, my point is Cleveland would still have the cash to throw around at free agents, but they may not be top-tier guys.
Enter Tavon Wilson, who was drafted in the second-round of the 2012 draft by the New England Patriots. He spent four years playing on special teams while also playing as a reserve defensive back where he provided solid contributions. Wilson played in 54 out of a possible 64 games while racking up five interceptions, 10 deflected passes and 76 tackles. Not bad for a part-time gig, but left in free agency for a chance at a starting job.
As a starter for the Detroit Lions, Wilson proved himself to be a sure tackler. He set a career-high 87 tackles in 2016 and racked up 55 tackles in nine starts last season before being placed on injured reserve. He may not have other appealing stats to discuss, three interceptions and four defended passes in 23 starts, but he played through a shoulder injury the majority of last year, so he did struggle at times.
His stats are comparable to the stats of the Browns safeties. Jabrill Peppers had 44 tackles, an interception and three passes defended in 13 starts and Derrick Kindred recorded 42 tackles, an interception and deflected six passes in 10 starts.
If the Cleveland Browns added Tavon to their roster, it honestly wouldn’t be a huge upgrade. However, he is a solid defender that I believe could help toughen up a secondary that seems to miss a lot of tackles. Completing those downfield tackles would eliminate the big passing plays that all Cleveland fans hate to watch. Not to mention, signing Wilson wouldn’t break the bank either. His two-year deal with Detroit was worth just $2.2 million. which is a price tag the Browns can afford. Ultimately, Wilson may not be the guy on Cleveland’s radar, but someone within his skill set and price range could be targeted by the Browns as I expect their number one priority this offseason is to find a quarterback.