Packers to land Muhammad Wilkerson

New York Jets on Twitter:

The 2018 Green Bay Packers are not your father's Green Bay Packers, or even your younger uncle's Green Bay Packers, because these Green Bay Packers are spending big early in free agency.

With Wilkerson now in the fold, the Packers have a formidable defensive line that also includes Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. Green Bay will continue to use a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who coached Wilkerson early in his Jets tenure.

I'll wait to see how Wilkerson's contract comes out financially before giving the Packers an "A" grade on this signing.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky broke the news on Twitter.

East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (96) reacts during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. After one of their rumored targets, Trumaine Johnson was signed by the New York Jets, it was assumed they were going to stand pat for the night. After all, he's on a 1-year prove-it deal. The longtime Jet recorded just eight sacks in the past two seasons, and he struggled to consistently generate pressure. Issues came to a head this season, when Wilkerson was inactive in the last three games after showing up late to multiple team meetings.

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. Players in the past have lacked motivation when they are not contending for a title, but they are able to turn it around when on a contender.

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



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