Monday, November 4, 2013
Contract voided for Bengals signee Bilukidi
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- Christo Bilukidi was a Cincinnati Bengal for less than five hours.
After the team signed Bilukidi late Monday morning, the organization announced later in the afternoon that the defensive end's contract had been voided by the NFL due to a work permit issue. The lineman, who currently lives in Canada, does not have the proper documentation to work in the United States, according to the league. The work permit that he had earlier this year when he played for the Oakland Raiders will not transfer.
Bilukidi, a sixth-round selection in last year's draft out of Georgia State, was on the Raiders' roster until Oct. 23, when he was released. He recorded five tackles and the only sack of his career in the five games in which he participated.
In order to play in the States again, Bilukidi will have to refile documentation for a new work permit. Once it has been cleared, the NFL will allow him to sign with any of its 32 teams.
A native of Angola, Bilukidi is the son of an Angolan diplomat. According to his college bio page, he has also lived in France and Brazil.
Bilukidi's addition to the Bengals' 53-man roster was a corresponding move to another one the team made Monday. Following his ACL tear during Thursday night's 22-20 overtime loss at Miami, Cincinnati placed defensive tackle Geno Atkins on injured reserve. Bilukidi was expected to add to the defensive line's depth following Atkins' injury.