Free Agent Defensive Lineman Muhammad Wilkerson Picks Packers

Free Agent Defensive Lineman Muhammad Wilkerson Picks Packers

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.

After his release from New York, Wilkerson first visited Green Bay before meeting with the Saints, Chiefs and Redskins in recent days. Wilkerson's signing won't count toward the compensatory pick formula, which played a key role in steering the Thompson-era Packers away from free agency, like Graham's will since the defensive lineman is a street free agent.

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.

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

Wilkerson, 28, is a seven-year veteran with the New York Jets.

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Wilkerson tweeted that he's looking forward to teaming with Daniels.

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.

Wilkerson first came into the National Football League in 2011 as a first round pick of the Jets.

If not, the Packers will have only paid $5 million for the opportunity to find out. The longtime Jet recorded just eight sacks in the past two seasons, and he struggled to consistently generate pressure.

After a 12-sack season with the Jets in 2015, Wilkerson signed an $86 million extension to stay in NY. Privately, team officials questioned whether he still had a passion for the game.