Wilkerson's deal with Green Bay was announced on Tuesday but wasn't made official until Thursday. He'll join Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark as the Packers' starting defensive linemen.
Wilkerson will sign with the Packers, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Wilkerson will reunite with Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who was in the same position with the Jets when Wilkerson was drafted in 2011. The 28-year-old has recorded 44.5 career sacks over the span of seven seasons and will look to bounce back in his new home after a disappointing past two seasons.
Wilkerson completed his visit with the Packers on Thursday and has meetings scheduled with the Saints and Chiefs in the near future, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Upon his official release from the Jets on Monday, Wilkerson's representatives have lined up a number of contenders as potential landing spots for the pass rusher. After posting double-digit sacks in a season twice between 2013 and 2015, he earned a massive five-year deal in the summer of 2016, only to yield eight combined sacks across the past two campaigns. Wherever he signs next, Wilkerson will be searching for the ideal situation in which to hearken back to his most productive days.
Wilkerson is slated to visit with the Packers in Green Bay on Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Wilkerson's previous employer, the Jets, let their intentions be known last Wednesday, but his release didn't become official until Monday. The owner of 44.5 career sacks, the 28-year-old defensive end has granted the Packers the first opportunity to gain his services. Helping the organization's cause is defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who coached Wilkerson his first two seasons in 2011 and 2012 in the same role. Wilkerson has posted two of his three lowest sack totals (4.5 and 3.5) the last two years, but a fresh start could put him on the path to the third double-digit sack total of his career.
The Jets informed Wilkerson on Wednesday that he has been released from the team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Wilkerson's release was one of the more predictable moves of the offseason after the defensive end wore out his welcome with the Jets almost immediately after inking a five-year, $86 million contract extension in the summer of 2016. In addition to seeing his productivity on the field decline with a combined eight sacks over 28 games the past two seasons, Wilkerson ruffled feathers with the organization for his chronic tardiness and negative presence in the locker room, according to Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports. In deactivating Wilkerson for the final three games of the past season, the Jets sought to avoid a serious injury to the 28-year-old that would leave the team on the hook for his $16.75 million salary for 2018. By cutting Wilkerson prior to the start of the new league year, the Jets will be free of any further financial commitment and open up $11 million in salary-cap space.
|2011||New York Jets||16||49||35.0||14||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2012||New York Jets||16||69||36.0||33||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2013||New York Jets||16||63||43.0||20||10.5||1||6||6.0||6||0||3|
|2014||New York Jets||13||56||31.0||25||6||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2015||New York Jets||16||64||39.0||25||12||0||0||0.0||0||0||7|
|2016||New York Jets||15||58||33.0||25||4.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2017||New York Jets||13||46||26.0||20||3.5||1||3||3.0||3||0||4|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2011||New York Jets||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New York Jets||16||0||0||3||0||1||21||1||1|
|2013||New York Jets||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Jets||13||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Jets||15||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Jets||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|