GREEN BAY – Days after watching wide receiver James Jones sign with the Oakland Raiders, the Green Bay Packers lost another of their unrestricted free agents to the Silver and Black on Friday: Defensive end C.J. Wilson.
Wilson, a 2010 seventh-round pick who saw action in eight games last season, played in 50 games (11 starts) in four years with the Packers, and is probably best remembered for playing the piano during an impromptu team sing-along on the eve of Super Bowl XLV.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, a former Packers personnel executive who was the team’s director of football operations before getting the Raiders job, now has safety Charles Woodson, Jones, Wilson, cornerback Brandian Ross, linebacker Jason Hunter and defensive lineman Daniel Muir on his roster. Ross is an exclusive rights free agent, Hunter is a restricted free agent and Muir is an unrestricted free agent.
“It feels great to be a Raider,” Wilson told the team website. “I’m excited to help the team win and ready to come make some noise.”
Last season, Wilson played in eight games and had 10 tackles (four solo). For his career, Wilson registered 103 tackles (55 solo), 3.5 sacks and one pass defensed.
The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Wilson’s departure isn’t a surprise. Speaking at the annual NFL Meetings in Orlando this week, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the team was monitoring two other veteran free-agent defensive linemen – Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly – but did not mention Wilson.
In free agency, the Packers started free agency with 17 unrestricted free agents and have only lost center Evan Dietrich-Smith, Jones and Wilson. Restricted free agent safety M.D. Jennings wasn't tendered by the Packers and signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.
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