Packers free agency 2019: Predicting who re-signs, who walks

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GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 16: Muhammad Wilkerson #96 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against Tom Compton #79 and Riley Reiff #71 of the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 29-29 after overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Muhammad Wilkerson

This shouldn’t be a difficult decision for Brian Gutekunst. The Packers should offer Muhammad Wilkerson a new deal.

According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, there is interest on both sides for a new contract:

"“There’s “mutual interest” between the Packers and DT Muhammad Wilkerson for next season, a source said. Wilkerson played just three games last season before a serious ankle injury ended his season. It was a one-year, $5 million deal last year. Would likely be another prove-it deal.”"

There was good reason to be excited when the Packers signed Wilkerson a year ago, as he was going to be reunited with Mike Pettine, who coached him with the New York Jets. Wilkerson had eight sacks and forced four fumbles in his two seasons in Pettine’s defense.

But due to injury we can forget about the 2018 season. Wilkerson only completed two games.

Assuming Wilkerson is fully healthy, there’s no reason why the Packers shouldn’t be interested in making a deal. As Demovsky reported, another “prove it” contract can be expected.

Bringing back Muhammad Wilkerson and Bashaud Breeland should be a top priority for Brian Gutekunst in free agency.

I expect the former Pro Bowler and two-time second-team All-Pro to finally get a chance to prove himself in Green Bay next season.

Prediction: Re-signs with the Packers