Packers keep spending big in free agency, add Muhammad Wilkerson to defensive line
The Packers are a different breed this time around, landing Jimmy Graham and now Wilkerson
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. 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.
just two years into signing a mammoth $86 million extension.
In good news for Wilkerson, he can be reinvigorated by playing for a winner, something CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported was important to him when (listen and subscribe to all episodes here).
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 New York back in 2011.
For the Packers, this is another departure from their traditionally conservative approach to free agency. Under Ted Thompson, Green Bay usually sat out the first wave of free agency, infuriating the fan base. It was a major point of contention when the Packers switched general managers and put Brian Gutekunst in charge this offseason.
The new GM has delivered early,and Wilkerson on the defensive side of the ball.
But it's come at a price, Aaron Rodgers., a longtime top target for
The defense is going to look pretty interesting in Green Bay. Josh Jones and Kevin King look like solid additions from last year's draft. Up front, Wilkerson will combine with Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews and Nick Perry to provide a versatile group of players in the front seven who can generate a rush and slow down the run.
Wilkerson has a world of upside but struggled last year with the Jets. If the Packers can unlock his top end ability, he could end up looking like a really nice signing early in free agency.
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