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Friday, March 28, 2014
Raiders add DL C.J. Wilson

By Paul Gutierrez

The Oakland Raiders have addressed the need for depth on the defensive line by signing free agent C.J. Wilson, the team announced Friday afternoon.

The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Wilson, who turns 27 on Sunday, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2010 out of East Carolina. In four seasons, he has played in 50 games, starting 11, and has 3 sacks.

"It feels great to be a Raider," Wilson said in a team-issued release. "I’m excited to help the team win and ready to come make some noise."

He was limited to eight games last season -- he missed three games with an ankle injury but was a healthy scratch the other times -- after having a breakthrough 2012, in which he appeared in 11 games, seven starts, and had 37 tackles (18 solo), with 2 sacks and a pass defensed.

Wilson also stepped up as a rookie during the Packers' four-game playoff run to the Super Bowl XLV title.

With the Raiders, Wilson is expected to be versatile enough to play both end and inside, though primarily as a run-stuffer on first and second downs.