Free Agent Defensive Lineman Muhammad Wilkerson Picks Packers

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Wilkerson spent the first seven years of his career with the New York Jets. New general manager Brian Gutekunst made another big signing on Tuesday, reportedly bring Wilkerson to Titletown on a one-year deal. After all, he's on a 1-year prove-it deal.

He'll also get to do playing with his old defensive coordinator Pettine, who was on the Jets with Rex Ryan when Wilkerson was drafted by NY back in 2011. The Jets released him after his last two seasons. Pettine could also be a reason why Wilkerson chose Green Bay.

Wilkerson first came into the National Football League in 2011 as a first round pick of the Jets.

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The Packers are looking to rebuild a defense that has not finished in the top 10 since their Super Bowl season of 2010. Wilkerson will join the defensive line with Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry and Montravius Adams.

The Jets made a decision to keep him off the field for the remainder of the season because they were concerned about a potential injury, which could have resulted in the team being on the hook for his 2018 salary. Green Bay will continue to use a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who coached Wilkerson early in his Jets tenure.

After a 12-sack season with the Jets in 2015, Wilkerson signed an $86 million extension to stay in NY.

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That seemed to change, however, when he was signed to a five-year, $86 million contract extension before the 2016 campaign, according to Spotrac.

Like the Graham deal, let's see if the Packers structured it so they can get out and have enough to pay their franchise quarterback.

His decline coincided with the new contract. Privately, team officials questioned whether he still had a passion for the game.

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