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Packers to land Muhammad Wilkerson

14 March 2018

Under new leadership in the front office the Green Bay Packers are approaching free agency with more aggression than ever before.

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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Imagine a defensive line featuring Muhammad Wilkerson, Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. 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.

The deal is for one year, $5 million plus an additional $3 million in incentives, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

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Wilkerson spent the first seven years of his career with the New York Jets. The Jets went 10-6, and NY rewarded their defensive tackle with a five-year, $86 million dollar deal. New general manager Brian Gutekunst made another big signing on Tuesday, reportedly bring Wilkerson to Titletown on a one-year deal.

Although the Jets showed good faith by rewarding him with a five-year, $85 million deal in 2016, Wilkerson has disappeared on the field and disappointed off the field ever since.

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NY signed Wilkerson, the team's first-round pick in the 2011 draft, to a five-year extension that included $53 million in guarantees after his Pro Bowl season in 2015, but it did not fare out as planned. Eventually, the Jets had enough and he was a healthy scratch for the last three games of the 2017 season. The team terminated that contract after only two years. Wilkerson produced eight sacks in 28 games over the past two seasons. "#Packers should be getting a motivated player".

Packers to land Muhammad Wilkerson