Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Free Agent Defensive Lineman Muhammad Wilkerson Picks Packers

Free Agent Defensive Lineman Muhammad Wilkerson Picks Packers

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and cap manager Russ Ball delivered a big-time talent on defense at a price point everyone should be able to agree on.

Imagine a defensive line featuring Muhammad Wilkerson, Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. Green Bay is hoping he can turn that around while still being an asset in the run game, in which he was the 23rd best. Wilkerson will play under a one-year deal worth $5 million, plus $3 million in incentives, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

The Packers won the race for Wilkerson's service. The two worked together for two years with the New York Jets. The deal is expected to be for one season, giving Wilkerson the opportunity to test free agency again next year.

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Working out a contract with Wilkerson continued a busy day for the Packers, who also agreed to a deal with tight end Jimmy Graham and released wide receiver Jordy Nelson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Head coach Todd Bowles made Wilkerson a healthy scratch in each of the final three games of the 2017 campaign.

Wilkerson, 28, was a first round pick by NY in the 2011 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl in 2015.

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

That seemed to change, however, when he was signed to a five-year, $86 million contract extension before the 2016 campaign, according to Spotrac. "#Packers should be getting a motivated player".

The 305-pound defensive lineman was playing under the franchise tag with a lot to prove when he tallied 12 sacks during his Pro Bowl year in 2015.

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