The San Diego Chargers released defensive back Jimmy Wilson on Tuesday, making roster space for safety Adrian Phillips, whom they promoted from their practice squad. According to SB Nation's Bolts from the Blue, Wilson had seen his playing time reduced as the season continued, down to barely seeing the field "in the last two games, not notching any defensive statistics in either game."
Wilson began his career as a seventh round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 2011. Coming out of Montana, Wilson played in 60 games over four years with Miami, including 21 starts. In 2014, Wilson became a key member of the team, working as both a safety and a cornerback, and becoming a cog in the team's "big nickel" package. He recorded four interceptions with Miami, with 16 passes defensed and 154 tackles.
Could the Dolphins look to bring Wilson back to the club? It could make a lot of sense. The team is in need of depth at cornerback. They appear to be just about done with Jamar Taylor, the team's 2013 second round pick, though injuries keep requiring the team to bring him back into the lineup. Wilson could come in and at least fill in if an injury happens. Theoretically, Wilson knows the basis of the defensive system, having played for the Dolphins last year, even though the Dolphins fired defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle mid-season this year.
Should Miami look to bring back Wilson? The team would be able to get him back fairly cheaply for the remainder of the year, and then could look to decide if they want to keep him for next year. He could provide at least some assistance to a secondary that has been routinely trashed the last few weeks. He could also provide some insight into the Dolphins' next opponent.
It might be a move to consider.