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Raiders awarded Martez Wilson off waivers, cut Christo Bilukidi

10/23/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Martez Wilson’s future wasn’t clouded by uncertainty for long, as the former Saints linebacker/defensive end landed a new team just a day after his release from New Orleans. Wilson was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders, the team announced on Wednesday.
 
 The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Wilson is a former third-round pick for the Saints, who appeared in 30 career games, but fell out of favor in New Orleans with Rob Ryan running the defense this year.
 
Although Wilson is primarily a special teams ace, he also played some defensive end in the Saints’ 4-3 defense during his first two NFL seasons. The Saints moved Wilson to outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense this season, as he proceeded play in four games while recording four tackles and one sack. But with the St. Louis Rams reportedly going after their practice-squad quarterback Ryan Griffin, the Saints decided to place Wilson on waivers in order to create room for signing Griffin to the active roster.  
 
The Illinois product Wilson played in 13 games with one start during his rookie campaign, and led the Saints to the Divisional round of the playoffs. In 2012, Wilson appeared in all 16 games for the Saints, while posting 18 tackles (12 solo), three sacks and also adding a blocked punt.
 
In a corresponding move, Raiders waived defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi to make room for Wilson on their roster. A sixth-round pick by the Raiders in 2012, Bilukidi appeared in 18 career games during his time in Oakland. Bilukidi played in the Raiders’ first five games this season, but was inactive for team’s Week 6 game at Kansas City. He recorded five tackles and a sack during spot duty as a backup this season. For his entire career so far, Bilukidi totals 13 combined tackles and one sack.
 
Following Bilukidi’s departure, defensive lineman Jack Crawford is the only active member of the 2012 draft class on the Raiders’ current roster. Receiver Juron Criner has been inactive for entire 2013 regular season, after playing 12 games last year. Offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom did not play a game all season and while spending time on the injured reserve, due to a foot injury he suffered the preseason finale against the Washington. Linebacker Miles Burris remains on the physically unable to perform list, where he has been since the start of the season while recovering from knee surgery. Linebacker Nate Stupar has spent time with three different NFL teams since he was initially drafted out of Penn State in 2012. A former seventh-round pick for the Raiders, Stupar currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers.
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