Packers make deal with defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson

Report | Packers to land Muhammad Wilkerson

I'll wait to see how Wilkerson's contract comes out financially before giving the Packers an "A" grade on this signing.

Muhammad Wilkerson is on his way to the Green Bay Packers. Wilkerson's signing won't count toward the compensatory pick formula, which played a key role in steering the Thompson-era Packers away from free agency, like Graham's will since the defensive lineman is a street free agent.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky, a Cover 2 contributor, was first to report the news Tuesday night. He took a one-year deal and will have a chance to prove he's the player he was.

The Jets had to cut Wilkerson before Friday or else his $16.75 million salary for 2018 would have become fully guaranteed.

The Packers are looking to rebuild a defense that has not finished in the top 10 since their Super Bowl season of 2010.

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With Wilkerson now in the fold, the Packers have a formidable defensive line that also includes Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark.

They will need to address the cornerback position at some point, but Gutekunst is well aware.

Head coach Todd Bowles made Wilkerson a healthy scratch in each of the final three games of the 2017 campaign. By then, the organization had decided Wilkerson's fate. By cutting him, the Jets saved $11 million. The Jets went 10-6, and NY rewarded their defensive tackle with a five-year, $86 million dollar deal.

His decline coincided with the new contract. He will also contribute to the pass rush - Wilkerson recorded double-digit sacks in two of his seven seasons with the Jets. Privately, team officials questioned whether he still had a passion for the game.

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