Muhammad Wilkerson to sign with Green Bay Packers

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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.

The Jets released Wilkerson on March 5, ending a seven-year run in NY that turned bitter last season.

The former first-round pick was part of a defensive line many thought would be dominant. 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.

In good news for Wilkerson, he can be reinvigorated by playing for a victor, something CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported was important to him when discussing Wilkerson on our Pick Six Podcast Free Agency Preview (listen and subscribe to all episodes here). The two worked together for two years with the New York Jets. It was a major point of contention when the Packers switched general managers and put Brian Gutekunst in charge this offseason.

Muhammad Wilkerson is on his way to the Green Bay Packers. The Jets went 10-6, and NY rewarded their defensive tackle with a five-year, $86 million dollar deal.

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The Packers were the first Wilkerson visited before exploring options with the Redskins, Chiefs and Saints.

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

The last time Wilkerson was in Green Bay, he was ejected for fighting.

Of the 85 players with at least 300 pass-rush snaps in 2017, per NFL Research, Wilkerson ranked No. 69 with a pressure rate of just 5.4 percent.

It's fair to say Mike Daniels is pleased with the signing.

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