On a day that was beyond busy in Green Bay, the Packers have signed defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, formerly of the Jets. Wilkerson, 28, was a first round pick by New York in the 2011 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl in 2015.
The deal comes following the signing of tight end Jimmy Graham from Seattle and the news of longtime Packer Jordy Nelson being released, and will be for one year, $5 million with $3 million in incentives built into the contract, per NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero. Wilkerson will join the defensive line with Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry and Montravius Adams.
Last season with the Jets, Wilkerson posted just 46 tackles, the lowest of his career, to go with 3.5 sacks, his lowest since his rookie season in 13 games. The defensive tackle was benched for the final three games of the season after he was late to a team meeting, and as the relationship turned rocky it became obvious that Wilkerson would be hitting the free market.
In Green Bay, Wilkerson will have the chance to play for a contender and get his career back on track. While the bolstering of the front lines is a plus for the Packers lowly defense, there are still obvious gaps to fill on that side of the roster. Cornerback was a pivotal weak point last season, and with Damarious Randall off to the Browns, perhaps a new signing will be coming to replace him soon.