Packers to Sign Former Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson


NY struggled through a miserable 2016 campaign, though, and Wilkerson's production dropped off steeply to just 58 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Green Bay hired Wilkerson's former DC Mike Pettine this offseason for the same job, so this pairing makes sense as Pettine knows what a motivated Wilkerson looks like.

Imagine a defensive line featuring Muhammad Wilkerson, Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. Wilkerson spent the first seven years of his career with the New York Jets.

The Jets placed the franchise tag on Wilkerson in 2016 to prevent him from hitting free agency, but his future with the team remained in doubt. The deal is expected to be for one season, giving Wilkerson the opportunity to test free agency again next year. However, solid interior defensive linemen are in short supply in todays National Football League, and Wilkerson can still be a solid role player.

It was a significant decline for Wilkerson, a 2011 first-round pick who once appeared to be on the verge of stardom. Wilkerson recorded five or more sacks in four straight seasons, including two seasons in which he reached double digits.

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Wilkerson was released by the Jets last month after failing to ultimately live up to his big-time contract extension. Wilkerson finished his 2015 season with 15 sacks and a combined 64 tackles.

The Packers are looking to rebuild a defense that has not finished in the top 10 since their Super Bowl season of 2010. The Jets went 10-6, and NY rewarded their defensive tackle with a five-year, $86 million dollar deal.

Unfortunately for Wilkerson, his career has gone downhill since his big payday.

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