Packers to land Muhammad Wilkerson

Aubrey Yates
March 14, 2018

But Wilkerson had already visited Green Bay, and he was on his way to Washington.

On a day that was beyond busy in Green Bay, the Packers have signed defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, formerly of the Jets.

Still, defensive line might be the deepest position on the Packers' defensive roster, with budding star Kenny Clark, Pro Bowler Mike Daniels and the improving Dean Lowry.

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The Packers won the race for Wilkerson's service. The deal is expected to be for one season, giving Wilkerson the opportunity to test free agency again next year. New general manager Brian Gutekunst made another big signing on Tuesday, reportedly bring Wilkerson to Titletown on a one-year deal.

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Wilkerson, 28, has a chance to rewrite the script under defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who served in the same role with the Jets in Wilkerson's first two seasons. Eventually, the Jets had enough and he was a healthy scratch for the last three games of the 2017 season.

NY signed Wilkerson, the team's first-round pick in the 2011 draft, to a five-year extension that included $53 million in guarantees after his Pro Bowl season in 2015, but it did not fare out as planned.

Like the Graham deal, let's see if the Packers structured it so they can get out and have enough to pay their franchise quarterback.

That seemed to change, however, when he was signed to a five-year, $86 million contract extension before the 2016 campaign, according to Spotrac.

His best years were in 2013 and 2015, with 10.5 and 12 sacks respectively, but has only eight sacks the past two seasons. Privately, team officials questioned whether he still had a passion for the game.

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