It's quite obvious the Jets had no interest in re-signing Wilson, judging from their spending spree at cornerback. He was a disappointment for the Jets, whom they drafted 29th overall in 2010. He never developed into anything more than a nickelback, and not a very productive one. It didn't take long for him to become a target of the fans' ire.
Looking at the big picture, Wilson's expected departure means the Jets have no players remaining from their 2008 to 2010 drafts. They had only 13 picks over that span, only one of whom still is a full-time starter -- guard Matt Slauson, now with the Chicago Bears.
That's a big reason why the Jets were 4-12. The players from those drafts, now with five to seven years experience, should comprise the nucleus of the team. Now you know why the Jets suffered from a dearth of talent.
To refresh your memory, the Jets' first-round picks in those years were Vernon Gholston, Dustin Keller, Mark Sanchez and Wilson. Other immortals from that era were Joe McKnight, Vladimir Ducasse and Shonn Greene.
In New Orleans, Wilson will play for Rex Ryan's brother, Rob, who was smitten with him before the '10 draft. At the time, he was the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator.