Lions land Patriots safety Tavon Wilson

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Tavon Wilson

Lions general manager Bob Quinn hired some former Patriots employees to his staff after taking over in January, and now he’s adding a former New England player to the roster.

Safety Tavon Wilson is joining the Lions after spending the last four years with the Patriots.

The 25-year-old announced his plans to come to Detroit on Twitter, saying he looks forward to meeting coach Jim Caldwell, the Ford family and his teammates.

A second-round pick out of Illinois in 2012, Wilson has started just four games in his career, but he’ll come to the Lions with an opportunity to compete for a starting job next to Glover Quin.

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Wilson was one of the Lions’ top free-agent targets when the legal tampering period opened on Monday. Quinn worked for the Patriots the past 16 years and clearly sees untapped potential in the safety.

At 6-foot, 215 pounds, Wilson would seem to fit the profile of a free safety, but the Lions used the 6-foot-1, 201-pound Isa Abdul-Quddus at strong safety last year. Plus, Quin is capable of playing either safety spot.

Meanwhile, multiple reports said Abdul-Quddus is set to sign with the Miami Dolphins.

The Lions will likely still look for another safety either in free agency or the draft.