Lions release defensive tackle C.J. Wilson

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

The Lions’ need for defensive tackle depth just increased.

Lions C.J. Wilson and Haloti Ngata bring down Raiders Latavius Murray in the second quarter.

The team announced the release of C.J. Wilson on Friday, cutting one of the few defensive tackles on the roster with significant game experience. 
Wilson joined the Lions off waivers in November, becoming the first addition of then-interim general manager Sheldon White. The 28-year-old Wilson had one more year on his deal, but new GM Bob Quinn cut him to save $2.3 million on the salary cap for 2016.

Wilson, who previously played for the Packers and Raiders, had a $1.8 million salary along with roster and workout bonuses of $250,000 each.

With Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker becoming unrestricted free agents next month, the Lions need to add defensive tackles in free agency and the draft. Currently, Caraun Reid has the most experience of any tackle under contract with just 26 games.

In eight games with the Lions last year, Wilson had eight tackles and one sack.

After cutting Wilson, linebacker Stephen Tulloch and running back Joique Bell this week, as well as the retirement of cornerback Rashean Mathis, the Lions have more than $33 million in cap space for 2016.