Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Muhammad Wilkerson signing 1-year deal with Packers

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Kristopher Love | 14 March, 2018, 05:33

Although there are some concerns regarding Wilkerson's willingness to give 100 percent game in and game out, the Packers could have a bargain on their hands if he lives up to his potential.

Imagine a defensive line featuring Muhammad Wilkerson, Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. The New York Jets defense finished top 10 in most major categories, and Wilkerson's performance was a big reason for that.

The veteran defensive linemen has agreed to terms on a deal to join the team once the new league year begins, per ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

Green Bay hired Wilkerson's former DC Mike Pettine this offseason for the same job, so this pairing makes sense as Pettine knows what a motivated Wilkerson looks like. The Jets went 10-6, and NY rewarded their defensive tackle with a five-year, $86 million dollar deal.

Wilkerson, 28, was released by the Jets after a tumultuous 2017 season during which he had just 3.5 sacks, his lowest total since his rookie season.

The Jets made a decision to keep him off the field for the remainder of the season because they were concerned about a potential injury, which could have resulted in the team being on the hook for his 2018 salary. The deal, reportedly for three years, makes up for the loss of longtime wide receiver Jordy Nelson, whom it was announced Green Bay was releasing nearly immediately after the Graham news broke.

Wilkerson peaked in 2015, when he recorded a career-high 12 sacks and was named to his first Pro Bowl. The team terminated that contract after only two years. After racking up 28.5 sacks from 2013 to 2015, he has managed a paltry eight quarterback takedowns in 28 games over the past two years.

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