Posted: 3:37 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Falcons sign S Dwight Lowery, CB Josh Wilson 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Jacksonville Jaguars' Dwight Lowery tackles Buffalo Bills' C.J. Spiller, left, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Jacksonville Jaguars’ Dwight Lowery tackles Buffalo Bills’ C.J. Spiller, left, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

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.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin pulls in a pass under pressure from Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin pulls in a pass under pressure from Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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.

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day 

18 comments
DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

Ok, this makes sense from a depth prospective, now can they make the team and be good backups?

GoTeam
GoTeam

Atlanta just got  little better as far as I can see. I wonder what this means for the upcoming draft.

Arx
Arx

Why do we get all our coaches and FA's from Jacksonville?

Esquire
Esquire

Obviously Dimitroff thinks we can coach up any player.......that failed miserably last year.

JSSN
JSSN

If you want to laugh hysterically. Use any search engine and find the YouTube video by a guy named Blak Magus titled "Thoughts On Redskins 49ers 11-25-13 That Josh Wilson Play"

Warning profane Language

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

These guys are more than likely camp fodder and will not make the team.

Esquire
Esquire

@JSSN  


That's a good way to lose any credibility you had.

JSSN
JSSN

@TheRealJay  

The empirical evidence is clear. James Sanders, Kelvin Hayden, and Robert McClain were all acquired in this manner. The people who do not take steps forward are lower round safety draft picks. They generally only see the field when injuries take place like Motta. 

JSSN
JSSN

@TheRealJay  

"These guys are more than likely camp fodder and will not make the team."

You know better

watson85
watson85

@JSSN he was in man coverage... his teammate didn't call the crack back...watch any db play man they can't keep they're head on a swivel or they will get burned...

JSSN
JSSN

@Esquire

You can "never" talk "credibility!" It's humorous, he takes himself way too serious (kind of like you with that comment). I could have been a jerk and posted the link and not given people the choice of deciding if they wanted to be bothered. Think about it.

JSSN
JSSN

@watson85

You have to have a feel for picks and rubs, go away with that mess! He didn't pre read the routes.

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