Muhammad Wilkerson signing 1-year deal with Packers

Rob Demovsky

Wilkerson, 28, is a seven-year veteran with the New York Jets.

Muhammad Wilkerson will be the first significant addition to the Packers' defense this offseason. Pettine could also be a reason why Wilkerson chose Green Bay. Wilkerson will join the defensive line with Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry and Montravius Adams.

A one-year commitment at $5 million is hardly a steep price to pay for a former Pro Bowler, regardless of the impact Wilkerson provides in 2018.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky, a Cover 2 contributor, was first to report the news Tuesday night. Coach Mike McCarthy fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers in January after nine seasons.

The Jets released Wilkerson on March 5, ending a seven-year run in NY that turned bitter last season. The bigger positions of need are at cornerback and outside linebacker. His tendency for being late to meetings throughout his career reared its ugly head in 2017, with the Jets ultimately ruling him inactive for the final three games of the season.

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Wilkerson was due to count $20 million on the cap, the league's fourth-highest cap charge for a non-quarterback. The deal, reportedly for three years, makes up for the loss of longtime wide receiver Jordy Nelson, whom it was announced Green Bay was releasing nearly immediately after the Graham news broke.

That seemed to change, however, when he was signed to a five-year, $86 million contract extension before the 2016 campaign, according to Spotrac.

After a 12-sack season with the Jets in 2015, Wilkerson signed an $86 million extension to stay in NY.

His decline coincided with the new contract. In the last two years combined he's accounted for just eight sacks in 25 games.

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