Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Jets castoff Muhammad Wilkerson finds a new team

Jets castoff Muhammad Wilkerson finds a new team

After his release from New York, Wilkerson first visited Green Bay before meeting with the Saints, Chiefs and Redskins in recent days. Wilkerson will join the defensive line with Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry and Montravius Adams. Damon Harrison left in free agency, Sheldon Richardson was traded and now Wilkerson is gone to Green Bay.

The veteran defensive linemen has agreed to terms on a deal to join the team once the new league year begins, per ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

Now Wilkerson will come back home to face the Jets when the Packers come to MetLife Stadium this season. The Jets went 10-6, and NY rewarded their defensive tackle with a five-year, $86 million dollar deal. The two worked together for two years with the New York Jets.

One can assume new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had a say in this signing. The longtime Jet recorded just eight sacks in the past two seasons, and he struggled to consistently generate pressure. The bigger positions of need are at cornerback and outside linebacker.

Wilkerson, 28, was benched for the final three games of last season, ostensibly because he was late for a meeting on December 15; it marked the fourth time since 2015 he was disciplined for tardiness.

If not, the Packers will have only paid $5 million for the opportunity to find out.

Wilkerson, 28, was a first round pick by NY in the 2011 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl in 2015. The team terminated that contract after only two years.

The 305-pound defensive lineman was playing under the franchise tag with a lot to prove when he tallied 12 sacks during his Pro Bowl year in 2015.

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