Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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

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

The Packers will soon find out if Muhammad Wilkerson is right for them.

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

The defensive lineman is signing with the Green Bay Packers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Now, the Green Bay Packers will hope to get the player that Wilkerson was earlier in his career after they agreed to terms with him, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

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). He never saw the last three years of that deal after things soured with the New York Jets. He took a one-year deal and will have a chance to prove he's the player he was.

It can be considered a strong start to free agency for the Packers.

The Jets released Wilkerson on March 5, ending a seven-year run in NY that turned bitter last season.

It's fair to say Mike Daniels is pleased with the signing. The bigger positions of need are at cornerback and outside linebacker. The team terminated that contract after only two years.

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.

Wilkerson, 28, was benched for the final three games of last season, ostensibly because he was late for a meeting on December 15; it marked the fourth time since 2015 he was disciplined for tardiness. He will also contribute to the pass rush - Wilkerson recorded double-digit sacks in two of his seven seasons with the Jets.

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