Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

New York Jets cut Muhammad Wilkerson, eat $9 million in dead salary

New York Jets cut Muhammad Wilkerson, eat $9 million in dead salary

Green Bay's new defensive coordinator is Mike Pettine, who held the same role in Wilkerson's first two seasons with the Jets in 2011 and 2012.

The "Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel" reports Wilkerson will meet with the team today just two days after being released by the New York Jets. Since Wilkerson was released by the Jets, signing him to any contract - big or small - will factor into the Packers' compensatory draft pick formula for 2019. ESPN.com reported that the visit had been slated for Tuesday but Green Bay's snowy weather postponed the visit by a day.

After finishing with a career-high 12 sacks in 2015, the 28-year-old posted eight combined sacks in 2016 and 2017. The Packers really need help on the edge, but Wilkerson can be a dominant force when motivated and played for new Packers DC Mike Pettine in NY. Wilkerson spent his first two seasons under Pettine in NY, and the Packers likely hope Pettine can help Wilkerson rediscover his best form in Green Bay. He signed a five-year, $86 million contract that included $37 million guaranteed at signing in 2016. Wilkerson's tenure with the Jets essentially ended when he was benched for the final three games because of disciplinary reasons, including being late for meetings.


Wilkerson was set to make $16.75 million and the figure was set to go from guaranteed money to fully guaranteed on March 17, three days after the league year starts.

New Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has previously mentioned that the team was going to be more active in the free agency with him in charge. "I still think he's got a lot of football ahead of him". "But I think we'd like to look at every option we can".

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