Wilson Joins Jones with Raiders

DE C.J. Wilson (Joe Robbins/Getty)

C.J. Wilson, a quality run-stopping defensive lineman, becomes the Raiders' latest free-agent addition.

The makeover of the Green Bay Packers' defensive line continued on Friday, with the Oakland Raiders signing C.J. Wilson.

Wilson joins James Jones in jumping from Green Bay to Oakland this offseason.

Wilson, a seventh-round pick in 2010, was one of the team's best run-stopping defensive linemen. He led the unit with one tackle for every 7.57 snaps in 2012 and ranked second among the team's defensive linemen from 2010 through 2012. In 2013, however, the Packers brought back Johnny Jolly, which ate into Wilson's playing time. In eight games, he had 11 tackles — good for a rate of one tackle for every 9.82 snaps.

Wilson's signing might bode well for the return of Jolly and/or Ryan Pickett, both of whom are free agents. Given Jolly's offseason surgery and Pickett's history, re-signing one or both isn't an immediate priority.

"Yeah, if it works out. I mean, we're monitoring that," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said when asked about Jolly at the owners meetings this week. "I think Johnny did a nice job last year. You have to be very pleased for where he started and where he finished. I think he gave us every inch of what he had and then some. I was very pleased with Johnny's contribution last year."

Asked about Pickett, McCarthy said: "We'll watch what's going on with Ryan. Ryan's a veteran that he can come in the next day (and be ready)."

As for the Raiders, it was another step in Reggie McKenzie's roster overhaul. McKenzie, who was part of the Packers' front office that drafted Wilson, also has reeled in Jones, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, quarterback Matt Schaub, offensive linemen Austin Howard, Donald Penn and Kevin Boothe, defensive linemen Justin Tuck and Antonio Smith, linebacker LaMarr Woodley and cornerback Tarell Brown.

"It feels great to be a Raider," Wilson told Raiders.com. "I'm excited to help the team win and ready to come make some noise."


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