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

Annette Crawford
March 14, 2018

The Packers have agreed to terms with Wilkerson, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

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'll also get to do playing with his old defensive coordinator Pettine, who was on the Jets with Rex Ryan when Wilkerson was drafted by NY back in 2011.

New Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst indicated he might use free agency more than predecessor Ted Thompson did, and that's coming to fruition early in the period. The team terminated that contract after only two years.

Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson #96 of the New York Jets celebrates a tackle against running back Tevin Coleman #26 (not pictured) of the Atlanta Falcons with teammate strong safety Jamal Adams #33 during the third quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on October 29, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

That represented a huge fall from grace for Wilkerson.

After a 12-sack season with the Jets in 2015, Wilkerson signed an $86 million extension to stay in NY. He started 101 of his team's 112 games and has 44.5 sacks on his career.

In addition to that, the Temple alum has missed just seven games in seven National Football League seasons, although he did break his leg in the Jets' final regular-season game in 2015.

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.

Wilkerson, who was released by the New York Jets earlier this month, will be reunited with new Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

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