Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Packers beat out Saints, Redskins for Muhammad Wilkerson

Packers beat out Saints, Redskins for Muhammad Wilkerson

The Packers won the race for Wilkerson's service.

After his release from New York, Wilkerson first visited Green Bay before meeting with the Saints, Chiefs and Redskins in recent days. Hours after agreeing to a contract with tight end Jimmy Graham the Packers have reportedly agreed to a deal with pass rusher Mo Wilkerson. Wilkerson will play under a one-year deal worth $5 million, plus $3 million in incentives, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Wilkerson spent the first seven years of his career with the New York Jets.

Wilkerson was released from the Jets prior to the beginning of free agency.

Wilkerson was cut earlier this offseason by the Jets just two years into signing a mammoth $86 million extension.

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.

Wilkerson, 28, dealt with ankle and shoulder injuries while managing just eight sacks over the last two reasons.

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

Wilkerson visited with the team last week, and spent time with other National Football League organizations after that before making his decision to sign with Green Bay. He can stop the run, rush the passer, and create interior pressure that wreaks havoc and opens opportunities for other players.

Still, defensive line might be the deepest position on the Packers' defensive roster, with budding star Kenny Clark, Pro Bowler Mike Daniels and the improving Dean Lowry.

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