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

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

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

The Packers will have the free-agent bargain of the year if Wilkerson can replicate his 2015 season in Green Bay in 2018.

After seven seasons with the New York Jets, defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson agreed to a deal with the Green Bay Packers, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported Tuesday.

In good news for Wilkerson, he can be reinvigorated by playing for a victor, something CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported was important to him when discussing Wilkerson on our Pick Six Podcast Free Agency Preview (listen and subscribe to all episodes here).

NY officially released Wilkerson on February 28. Wilkerson has remained a solid contributor in recent years, but the Jets didn't feel his play justified his salary.

Wilkerson was released by the Jets last month after failing to ultimately live up to his big-time contract extension.

One can assume new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had a say in this signing.

With Wilkerson now in the fold, the Packers have a formidable defensive line that also includes Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. The bigger positions of need are at cornerback and outside linebacker.

The 2011 first-round pick made the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2015 after registering 64 tackles and a career-high 12 sacks. In 2016, he was rewarded with a five-year, $86 million contract that included $37 million fully guaranteed at signing. Issues came to a head this season, when Wilkerson was inactive in the last three games after showing up late to multiple team meetings. Wilkerson produced eight sacks in 28 games over the past two seasons.

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