The Packers' defense always seems to have a big man in the middle, but it was unclear who would represent the trenches of that defense next season.
Now, it seems as though a suitable replacement is on his way over from New York:
The Packers agree to terms with Mo Wilkerson, a source said. https://t.co/BuV0bZKDD7— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) March 14, 2018
Wilkerson was released by the Jets earlier this week after two poor seasons with the Jets.
Despite announcing it last week, the #Jets haven’t officially released DE Muhammad Wilkerson yet. That should happen today... and I’m told his first free agent visit is likely to be with the #Packers. New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine could help rejuvenate his career.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2018
Now, Wilkerson will hope to find the fountain of youth in Green Bay and return to his 2015 form when he made the Pro Bowl. That year, he totaled 12 sacks and 39 solo tackles to go along with 25 assisted tackles. Unfortunately, Wilkerson has only put up 12 sacks over the past two seasons and looked like an absolute bust on his 5-year, $86 million contract.
Fortunately for the Packers, Wilkerson is still only 28 years old and should have some gas left in the tank.
It's a low-risk, high-reward deal for both sides.