The Green Bay Packers are reportedly signing former Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
You have just arrived in Green Bay. New general manager Brian Gutekunst made another big signing on Tuesday, reportedly bring Wilkerson to Packers News on a one-year deal.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky broke the news on Twitter.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the deal is worth $5 million plus $3 million in incentives.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted on Twitter:
"“Wilkerson’s first choice all along was to play for the #Packers. He took a one-year deal and will have a chance to prove he’s the player he was. #Packers should be getting a motivated player.”"
Considering free agency doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday afternoon, Gutekunst has made a fine start with the signings of both Wilkerson and tight end Jimmy Graham.
A lot more work still needs to be done, but Gutekunst has made a step towards improving the defense.
One can assume new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had a say in this signing. Pettine could also be a reason why Wilkerson chose Green Bay. The two worked together for two years with the New York Jets. If anyone knows how good Wilkerson can be, it’s Pettine.
A Pro Bowler in 2015 and twice a second-team All-Pro, Wilkerson will help strengthen the Packers’ front-seven. He will also contribute to the pass rush — Wilkerson recorded double-digit sacks in two of his seven seasons with the Jets.
It’s fair to say Mike Daniels is pleased with the signing.
The defensive line has a ton of potential with Wilkerson, Daniels and Clark, especially under Pettine.
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. He noted it’s a “position we’re looking at heavily” on Tuesday evening, via ESPN.
What are your thoughts on the two signings?
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