C.J. Wilson is Latest Former Packer to Sign with the Raiders

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C.J. Wilson

C.J. Wilson

The Green Bay Packers obviously didn’t want free agent defensive lineman C.J. Wilson back, so just like James Jones he went and signed with the Oakland Raiders.

Wilson spent four seasons with the Packers and was a part-time starter. He had a total of 11 regular-season starts, seven of which came in 2012, and also started for the Packers in the Super Bowl. Wilson was known for being solid against the run, but he barely played in 2013 when the Packers were, uh… not so solid against the run.

Wilson was only active for eight games last year despite the defensive line functioning as a top-notch sieve.

Wilson’s shortcomings were as a pass rusher. He had just 3.5 sacks in his four seasons in Green Bay.

It was essentially a forgone conclusion that Wilson would be playing elsewhere this year. And why not with the Raiders? General manager Reggie McKenzie, a former minion of Ted Thompson’s, has now signed three former Packers — all of whom are guys the Packers essentially discarded. McKenzie picked up Wilson and Jones this year and safety Charles Woodson last year.

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7 Comments on "C.J. Wilson is Latest Former Packer to Sign with the Raiders"

  1. Shawn Shawn Neuser

    Good luck to CJ.

    His best season was 2010. His play and apparent potential that season had a lot to do with the Packers believing the older Cullen Jenkins was expendable. Unfortunately, for CJ and the Packers, potential was merely production that was never realized.

    Since the Raiders are trying to turn themselves into an actual NFL football team, picking up ex-Packers is a pretty good idea.

  2. MJ

    Correct me if I’m wrong on this one…
    Since Wilson was on his rookie contract, he’ll generate no compensatory pick for Draft 2015.

  3. Savage57

    Good luck to this guy. Teams need to have ‘guys’, too. Not everyone can be a superstar.

    All this guy ever did was show up for work, play hard and kept his mouth shut.

  4. lars

    Has anybody else noticed that Reggie McKenzie is in over his head (the Peter Principle) as an NFL GM in Oakland? True, he inherited an absolute mess, but when is he going to be held to account?

    Meanwhile Dorsey inherited a 2-14 team in KC (albeit one with talent) fired the wretched Romeo Crennel, hired Reid, traded for Smith and proceeded to have a good draft. Reggie, on the other hand, keeps signing roster-filler like Wilson and reached for a CB with a heart condition in R1 of the 2013 draft.

    • peter

      Yeah taking a team that was a complete mess with no cap space and full of awful contracts and in a few year turning around the cap situation signing value guys and rebuilding from the ground up is a horrible job. Ron Wolf comes to mind Packers were a mess when he came and over time he set them up to win for the next 20 years. Sure it’s sexy to win for one year but the great GM’s build to win for the next 5. Give Reggie a few more years and see where Oakland is at then you can judge him.

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