Muhammad Wilkerson, Packers Agree to Contract After 7 Seasons with Jets


Under new leadership in the front office the Green Bay Packers are approaching free agency with more aggression than ever before.

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

With Wilkerson now in the fold, the Packers have a formidable defensive line that also includes Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. A team like Green Bay can afford to take a risk on Wilkerson to see if that player who earned a big deal is still in there.

The Packers were the first Wilkerson visited before exploring options with the Redskins, Chiefs and Saints.

One can assume new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had a say in this signing. Pettine served in the same capacity for the Jets from 2009 to 2012 and coached Wilkerson during his first two years in the league. The Jets released him after his last two seasons.

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They will need to address the cornerback position at some point, but Gutekunst is well aware.

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

Wilkerson, 28, was a first round pick by NY in the 2011 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl in 2015. Issues came to a head this season, when Wilkerson was inactive in the last three games after showing up late to multiple team meetings.

The 305-pound defensive lineman was playing under the franchise tag with a lot to prove when he tallied 12 sacks during his Pro Bowl year in 2015.

If not, the Packers will have only paid $5 million for the opportunity to find out.