Wilson wants to stick with Lions, aware ‘plans change’

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Cornerback Josh Wilson played for five different teams in his first nine NFL seasons, and he hopes to have the chance to stay in Detroit for a second year in 2016.

Whether that’ll happen is anyone’s guess at this point as the Lions search for a new general manager. Former GM Martin Mayhew was a fan of Wilson’s and was a major reason for the cornerback playing for the Lions on a one-year deal in 2015.

“The plan is not to move, but plans change and it is what it is,” Wilson said.

Wilson, 30, had a solid season as the primary nickel cornerback for the Lions until he suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Packers in Week 10.

While Wilson was out, rookie Quandre Diggs played well enough that the next GM might be willing to entrust that spot to Diggs, but cornerback is one position where depth is always required. Plus, Wilson has experience playing inside, outside and safety.

Asked how his knee was recovering, Wilson simply said, “It feels how it feels.” Obviously, if he wouldn’t be healthy for the start of 2016, that could impact his status in free agency.

“If I knew what my future holds, I would probably be richer than Bill Gates because I could put some money in some places,” Wilson said. “I don’t know what my future holds. That’s the fun of living this life. You never know what’s going to happen to you in the future, and you hope for the best.”

A second-round pick by the Seahawks in 2007, Wilson had never played in fewer than 12 games in any of his stints with Seattle, Baltimore, Washington and Atlanta before appearing in just eight this year. Wilson finished with 32 tackles, one pass defensed and a half sack.

“I want to play as many years as they want to pay me,” he said.