Martez Wilson Lands in Oakland
By Bess Shapiro
The Oakland Raiders have picked up New Orleans Saints linebacker Martez Wilson off waivers, the team announced Wednesday. Wilson, 25, a third-round choice out of the University of Illinois in 2011, appeared in 33 games for the Saints, including four this season.
Playing in the Saints’ 3-4 defense, Wilson has made four tackles this year and one sack Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. He has five sacks, 33 tackles, two passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for his career.
In 2012, Wilson played in all 16 games at both defensive end and on special teams. He had 12 solo tackles, three sacks and a blocked punt.
The Raiders have been relatively strong on defense, despite being without second-year linebacker Miles Burris. ESPN.com’s Paul Gutierrez points out that Oakland has a 4-3 base defense, so it’s likely that Wilson will be used primarily on special teams.
To make room on the roster, the Raiders waived second-year defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi.