Not long after adding tight end Jimmy Graham on a three-year deal, the Packers bolstered their defense by bringing in a player new defensive coordinator is Mike Pettine is familiar with in Muhammad Wilkerson.
Tom Pelissero of NFL.com says the contract is one year, $5 million with up to $3 million in incentives. Mike Pettine, the Packers' new defensive coordinator, was Wilkerson's defensive coordinator with NY when he was drafted in the first round in 2011. He took a one-year deal and will have a chance to prove he's the player he was.
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. Coach Mike McCarthy fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers in January after nine seasons.
A Pro Bowler in 2015 and twice a second-team All-Pro, Wilkerson will help strengthen the Packers' front-seven.
Wilkerson, 28, dealt with ankle and shoulder injuries while managing just eight sacks over the last two reasons.
It's been a couple years since he made that kind of impact, but if Wilkerson can stay healthy and return to form, he's the type of talent that transforms an entire defensive line.
New Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst indicated he might use free agency more than predecessor Ted Thompson did, and that's coming to fruition early in the period. He noted it's a "position we're looking at heavily" on Tuesday evening, via ESPN.