A couple years ago, Muhammad Wilkerson received a five-year, $86 million deal after proving to be one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the National Football League in 2015. A team like Green Bay can afford to take a risk on Wilkerson to see if that player who earned a big deal is still in there.
The Packers will have the free-agent bargain of the year if Wilkerson can replicate his 2015 season in Green Bay in 2018. Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports Wilkerson agreed to sign with the Packers.More news: Hundreds of women in Microsoft complain of sexual harassment
One can assume new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had a say in this signing.
Although the Jets showed good faith by rewarding him with a five-year, $85 million deal in 2016, Wilkerson has disappeared on the field and disappointed off the field ever since.More news: Energy Minister Radebe says signing of IPP contracts on hold
It can be considered a strong start to free agency for the Packers.
They will need to address the cornerback position at some point, but Gutekunst is well aware. The team terminated that contract after only two years.More news: Heather Locklear domestic violence charges dropped
After a 12-sack season with the Jets in 2015, Wilkerson signed an $86 million extension to stay in NY. The longtime Jet recorded just eight sacks in the past two seasons, and he struggled to consistently generate pressure.