C. J. Wilson (defensive end)

For other people with the same name, see C. J. Wilson (disambiguation).
C. J. Wilson

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Wilson with the Packers in 2011
No. 69Chicago Bears
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-03-30) March 30, 1987
Place of birth: Belhaven, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school: Pinetown (NC) Northside
College: East Carolina
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 230
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (XLV)
  • Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Year
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2016
Tackles: 110
Sacks: 6.5
Pass deflections: 1
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Clifford James "C. J." Wilson (born March 30, 1987) is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at East Carolina. Wilson was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, and New Orleans Saints.

Early years

Wilson was born in Belhaven, North Carolina and attended Northside High School in Pinetown, North Carolina.[1] He played numerous positions during his early career including linebacker, cornerback, safety, running back, tackle, and fullback.[2] He played a major role in the Northside Panthers 13–3 record and advancement into the Eastern Championship.[1] Additionally, he earned all-conference honors during his senior year and was also a team captain.[1] He also lettered in basketball and track.[1]

Wilson was ranked as a two star by Scout.com and was measured at six foot four inches and he weighed 218 pounds. He received only one scholarship offer from East Carolina University.[3]

College career

Wilson chose to play for East Carolina, but after completing his eligibility requirements he was forced to join in the spring of 2005.[1] As a true freshman in 2006, Wilson recorded at least one sack in five of eight games.[2] The first sack of his college career came against Tulsa on October 14.[4] Additionally, he recorded a season high seven tackles in the same game.[2] At the end of the season, Wilson lead the team with four quarterback sacks.[5]

In 2007, Wilson was projected to be a reserve defensive linemen who was still going to find a way be on the field.[5] This proved to be the case, as Wilson took the starting job from Marcus Hand's after four games and played in the remainder of the games that season.[1] He had the statistically best game of his career at ECU against the Houston Cougars with nine stops, two and a half sacks, and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Additionally, he also blocked a kick.[6] At the end of the season, Wilson earned all-Conference USA (second-team) honors as a selection by the league coaches.[7]

During his junior year, Wilson started all 14 games and extended his streak of starts to 23.[1] He had at least one sack in nine games of fifteen.[1] During a game against Tulane, he had a season high eight tackles.[1] Wilson finished the season ranked 27th in the nation and second in the Conference-USA in sacks.[1] Additionally, Wilson also ranked first in the Conference-USA for tackles for a loss. He was named defensive conference player of the year by ESPN and Sporting news, and also earned a first team Conference-USA spot on Phil Steele's All Americans.[8]

In his final year as a Pirate, Wilson again started all 14 games of the season and finished up his career with 37 straight starts.[9] He finished the season with 57 tackles (23 solo), 1012 for a loss, and 512 sacks.[9] His performance again earned him Conference-USA defensive player of the year.[9] He was also named to the Ted Hendricks, 40th Annual Rotary Lombardi, and Bronko Nagurski award watch lists.[9] Wilson graduated college in 2010 with a degree in Communication.

Professional career

C. J. Wilson, Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews on December 25, 2011.

Wilson had 32 reps during the bench press drills during the combine.[10] Scouts raved that he was an "instinctive" players who had good rushing skills and speed when rushing the passer.[10] Scouts also expressed concerns with his average lateral agility.[10] and noted that he didn't appear comfortable playing in space.[10] He was believed to be a good match to add depth as a 3–4 defensive end.[10]

Green Bay Packers

Wilson was drafted in the seventh round (230th overall) by the Green Bay Packers.[11] He became the first player ever drafted out of East Carolina University by the Green Bay Packers.[2] On June 23, 2010, he signed a contract with the Packers.[12]

Oakland Raiders

On March 28, 2014, Wilson signed a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Oakland Raiders.[13] On March 25, 2015, Wilson signed a new contract with the Raiders.[14] The Raiders did not officially announce the signing until Wilson's birthday on March 30, 2015.[15] On November 7, 2015, he was waived by the Raiders.[16]

Detroit Lions

After going unclaimed on waivers, on November 9, 2015, Wilson signed a one year, $745,000 contract with the Detroit Lions.[17] During the 2015 season, Wilson played in the last eight games of the season and recorded eight tackles and a sack. He was released by the Lions on February 19, 2016.[18]

New Orleans Saints

On June 24, 2016, Wilson signed with the New Orleans Saints.[19] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Saints.[20]

Chicago Bears

On September 27, 2016, Wilson signed with the Chicago Bears.[21] He was released on October 1, 2016.[22] He was re-signed on October 3, 2016 and was released again on October 8.[23] He was re-signed again on November 15, 2016.[24]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Player Bio: C.J. Wilson". Easy Carolina University. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Green Bay Packers: C.J. Wilson". C.J. Wilson. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  3. "C.J. Wilson - Rivals.com". Yahoo. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  4. "Tulsa at East Carolina". Sportsreference.com. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  5. 1 2 Cirminiello, Richard (Jun 13, 2007). "2007 East Carolina Preview-Defense". Collegefootballnews.com. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  6. "East Carolina 37, Houston 35". Associated Press. Houston. September 29, 2007. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  7. "SMU football's Morstead named first-team All-Conference USA". Pegasus News. December 5, 2007. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  8. "Holtz named C-USA coach of the year". Sporting News. Greenville. December 15, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  9. 1 2 3 4 "Green Bay Packers: C.J. Wilson". Green Bay Packers. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  10. 1 2 3 4 5 "NFL Events: C.J. Wilson". National Football League. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  11. "Wilson Drafted In Seventh Round By Packers". East Carolina University. April 24, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  12. "Packers sign three draft picks". Packers.com. June 23, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  13. "Raiders Sign C.J. Wilson". Oakland Raiders. 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  14. Damien, Levi (2015-03-26). "Raiders bring back defensive end CJ Wilson". Silver And Black Pride. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  15. Damien, Levi (2015-03-31). "Raiders wait until CJ Wilson's birthday to make re-signing official". Silver And Black Pride. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  16. "Raiders Sign Tevin McDonald to Active Roster". Oakland Raiders. 2015-11-07. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  17. Twentyman, Tim (2015-11-09). "Lions place Fluellen on IR, claim a DE". Detroit Lions. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  18. Twentyman, Tim (February 19, 2016). "Lions release DT C.J. Wilson". Detroit Lions. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  19. "Saints Announce Roster Moves". New Orleans Saints. 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  20. Gantt, Darin. "Saints cut Khalif Barnes, Travaris Cadet in getting roster to 53". NBCSports.com.
  21. Mayer, Larry. "Bears ink Joique Bell, put Fuller on IR". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  22. "Bears Release Veteran DL C.J. Wilson".
  23. Mayer, Larry (October 8, 2016). "Bears add Hurst to roster, cut Wilson". ChicagoBears.com.
  24. Mayer, Larry (November 15, 2016). "Bears put Long on IR, activate Wilson". ChicagoBears.com.
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