Green Bay Packers sign Mo Wilkerson: Free Agency Grade

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2018

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Packers and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson agreed to a one-year deal worth only $5 million, with another $3 million available in incentives. Damon Harrison left in free agency, Sheldon Richardson was traded and now Wilkerson is gone to Green Bay.

Wilkerson also visited the Saints, Chiefs and Redskins, with the Washington summit occurring Monday, but made a decision to sign with the Packers.

In good news for Wilkerson, he can be reinvigorated by playing for a victor, something CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported was important to him when discussing Wilkerson on our Pick Six Podcast Free Agency Preview (listen and subscribe to all episodes here). Mike Pettine, the Packers' new defensive coordinator, was Wilkerson's defensive coordinator with NY when he was drafted in the first round in 2011. The deal is expected to be for one season, giving Wilkerson the opportunity to test free agency again next year.

Wilkerson visited with the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints in addition to the Packers. Pettine served in the same capacity for the Jets from 2009 to 2012 and coached Wilkerson during his first two years in the league. If anyone knows how good Wilkerson can be, it's Pettine.

With Wilkerson now in the fold, the Packers have a formidable defensive line that also includes Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. He will also contribute to the pass rush - Wilkerson recorded double-digit sacks in two of his seven seasons with the Jets. The bigger positions of need are at cornerback and outside linebacker.

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