Ex-Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson signs 1-year deal with Packers

Carrie Guzman
March 14, 2018

Wilkerson visited with the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints in addition to the Packers.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Packers and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson agreed to a one-year deal worth only $5 million, with another $3 million available in incentives. Damon Harrison left in free agency, Sheldon Richardson was traded and now Wilkerson is gone to Green Bay. Wilkerson cashed in after that monster season, with the Jets viewing the 6-foot-4, 315-pound New Jersey native as a key piece to their fearsome defensive line. New general manager Brian Gutekunst made another big signing on Tuesday, reportedly bring Wilkerson to Titletown on a one-year deal.

Wilkerson spent the first seven years of his career with the New York Jets. The defensive tackle was benched for the final three games of the season after he was late to a team meeting, and as the relationship turned rocky it became obvious that Wilkerson would be hitting the free market.

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Last season with the Jets, Wilkerson posted just 46 tackles, the lowest of his career, to go with 3.5 sacks, his lowest since his rookie season in 13 games. In 2016, he was rewarded with a five-year, $86 million contract that included $37 million fully guaranteed at signing.

Wilkerson has proved to be a disruptive force against both the pass and the run when healthy and motivated, which could make him a steal of a signing. He was the highest-paid player on the team in 2017, making $15 million in cash earnings.

His best years were in 2013 and 2015, with 10.5 and 12 sacks respectively, but has only eight sacks the past two seasons.

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