Packers sign Muhammad Wilkerson to 1-year deal worth up to $8M

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Wilkerson visited the Packers two days later, but he also made visits to the Saints, Chiefs and Redskins before choosing the Packers.

A couple years ago, Muhammad Wilkerson received a five-year, $86 million deal after proving to be one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the National Football League in 2015. Green Bay is hoping he can turn that around while still being an asset in the run game, in which he was the 23rd best. The deal is reportedly worth a maximum of $8 million, per NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. Wilkerson cashed in after that monster season, with the Jets viewing the 6-foot-4, 315-pound New Jersey native as a key piece to their fearsome defensive line.

Now Wilkerson will come back home to face the Jets when the Packers come to MetLife Stadium this season. The deal is expected to be for one season, giving Wilkerson the opportunity to test free agency again next year.

Wilkerson, 28, dealt with ankle and shoulder injuries while managing just eight sacks over the last two reasons.

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One can assume new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had a say in this signing.

It can be considered a strong start to free agency for the Packers. The bigger positions of need are at cornerback and outside linebacker.

After a 12-sack season with the Jets in 2015, Wilkerson signed an $86 million extension to stay in NY. In 2016, he was rewarded with a five-year, $86 million contract that included $37 million fully guaranteed at signing. 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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