Packers beat out Saints, Redskins for Muhammad Wilkerson

Packers beat out Saints, Redskins for Muhammad Wilkerson

Former Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is reuniting with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in Green Bay.

Wilkerson visited with the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints in addition to the Packers.

Wilkerson first came into the National Football League in 2011 as a first round pick of the Jets. The Jets went 10-6, and NY rewarded their defensive tackle with a five-year, $86 million dollar deal.

Wilkerson, 28, has a chance to rewrite the script under defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who served in the same role with the Jets in Wilkerson's first two seasons.

They will need to address the cornerback position at some point, but Gutekunst is well aware. Issues came to a head this season, when Wilkerson was inactive in the last three games after showing up late to multiple team meetings.

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The Jets chose to keep him off the field for the remainder of the season because they were concerned about a potential injury, which could have resulted in the team being on the hook for his 2018 salary. By cutting him, the Jets saved $11 million. Green Bay is hoping he can turn that around while still being an asset in the run game, in which he was the 23rd best.

While the 28-year-old end enjoyed a dominant stretch with the Jets during the first several years of his career, he was not productive for the team after signing a massive extension prior to the 2016 season.

If not, the Packers will have only paid $5 million for the opportunity to find out.

His decline coincided with the new contract.

The 305-pound defensive lineman was playing under the franchise tag with a lot to prove when he tallied 12 sacks during his Pro Bowl year in 2015.

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