Packers to Sign Former Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Muhammad Wilkerson will be the first significant addition to the Packers' defense this offseason. 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.

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

ESPN's Rob Demovsky, a Cover 2 contributor, was first to report the news Tuesday night.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the deal is worth $5 million plus $3 million in incentives.

Although the Jets showed good faith by rewarding him with a five-year, $85 million deal in 2016, Wilkerson has disappeared on the field and disappointed off the field ever since.

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.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has remained true to form during the early goings on of the 2018 National Football League free agency period, electing to scoop up two low-dollar, high-reward prospects in wide receiver/kick returner Griff Whalen and tight end Derek Carrier, respectively.

NY signed Wilkerson, the team's first-round pick in the 2011 draft, to a five-year extension that included $53 million in guarantees after his Pro Bowl season in 2015, but it did not fare out as planned.

It's fair to say Mike Daniels is pleased with the signing. Their leading pass rusher Clay Matthews is 31 years old, and the team is expected to look at linebackers in the upcoming NFL Draft.