Posted: 3:37 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
The Falcons, who released starting free safety Thomas DeCoud and finished the season with two starting rookie cornerbacks, signed some veteran help for their secondary on Tuesday.
The two defenders were signed a day after the Saints matched an offer sheet that safety Rafael Bush had signed with the Falcons.
Safety Dwight Lowery and cornerback Josh Wilson, both unrestricted free agents, were signed Tuesday. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Lowery, 28, was selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2008 NFL draft. He played three seasons with the Jets before being traded to Jacksonville on September 3, 2011.
Lowery has played in 68 career games, including 41 starts while totaling 217 tackles (154 solo) with 10 interceptions, three sacks, and 45 pass breakups.
Last season, he started three games and posted six tackles (four solo) with one fumble recovery before being placed on injured reserve and later released.
Wilson, 29, was selected by Seattle in the second round (55th overall) of the 2007 NFL draft. After three seasons, he played for Baltimore in 2010 and has started the past three seasons for Washington.
Wilson has played in 102 career games with 81 starts while totaling 399 tackles (234 solo), 14 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, nine forced fumbles, five sacks, and 71 pass breakups.
Last season, Wilson started all 16 games and posted a career-high 93 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception, and seven pass breakups.
The Falcons’ defense was porous last season. The unit didn’t finish in the top half of the league in any key defensive statistic.
It ranked 27th in yards allowed per game, 29th in yards rushing, 21st in yards passing, 27th in points per game, 32nd on third-down percentage and 25th in sacks per pass attempt, according to Game Statistics Information System.
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