Before the start of the 2010 regular season, Josh Wilson walked off the Seattle Seahawks' practice field and was informed that he had been traded to the Ravens. Less than a year later, Wilson, a free agent at the time, picked his next destination, agreeing to a three-year, $13.5 million contract with $9 million guaranteed with the Washington Redskins.
But the cornerback looks back at his one season with the Ravens fondly and said he's looking forward to seeing his former teammates this Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover.
"In this league, there's a lot of turnover," Wilson said after Thursday's practice. "So I see guys from all teams every week that I used to play with. It's good, it's fun, nice conversation. You go out there and play the game, but you don't think about anything like that. There's no hard feelings that I have toward the team or anybody else over there. Those guys gave me an opportunity, and I was glad for it. I'm thankful for the opportunity that they gave me."
Wilson was a backup during the early portion of his stint with the Ravens before eventually replacing Fabian Washington as a starter. Wilson finished second on the team in interceptions with three and broke up a career-high 15 passes in just nine starts.
The Ravens and Redskins both vied for his services after the end of the NFL lockout, but the chance to play near his hometown of Upper Marlboro and for the team that his family rooted for proved to be factors.
"[The Ravens] made me a competitive offer, but at the end of the day, I made a decision," Wilson said. "It wasn't that they didn't ask for me to come back. I just made a decision that I felt was best for me and my family. So no hard feelings. Nothing against them."
Wilson is tied with inside linebacker London Fletcher for the team lead in forced fumbles (three), tied with Fletcher for second in pass breakups (10), and ranks fifth in tackles (51). Although he has just one interception, Wilson said he's happy to be playing in Washington.
"It's definitely home," he said. "I'm definitely getting more comfortable. I'm just enjoying being here with the Skins and riding this streak we have going on right now."