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Packers to sign Muhammad Wilkerson to one-year deal

Muhammad Wilkerson

The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms with free-agent defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the deal will be for one year, $5 million plus $3 million in incentives.

The Packers were the first team to meet with Wilkerson when he was released by the New York Jets. Wilkerson went on to meet with the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, and Oakland Raiders afterwards, but he ultimately chose to sign with Green Bay.

Wilkerson will be reunited with new Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who was Wilkerson’s DC with the Jets in his first two years in the league.

Wilkerson was released by the Jets earlier this offseason after seven years with the team. He emerged as one of the most promising young defensive linemen in the league and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015.

He signed a five-year, $85 million deal in 2016 despite breaking his leg at the end of the previous season. However, he has disappointed ever since as he’s recorded just 8.0 total sacks over the last two years.

Perhaps a reunion with Pettine can help Wilkerson get back to his best. The Packers likely wanted to make sure that that was possible, which was why they elected to hand him a one-year deal as opposed to a longer-term contract right off the bat.

Nevertheless, Wilkerson’s arrival marks an eventful day in free agency for the Packers, who also picked up star tight end Jimmy Graham and released long-time wide receiver Jordy Nelson. With more holes still to be filled on the team, particularly on defense, expect the Packers to remain active on the open market.