Packers reportedly agree to deal with DL Wilkerson

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Reuniting with his former defensive coordinator, free-agent defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson agreed to a contract with the Green Bay Packers, ESPN reported Tuesday night.

The one-year pact will be worth $5 million, with an additional $3 million available via incentives, according to multiple reports.

The new Packers defensive coordinator is Mike Pettine, who reportedly helped convince the New York Jets to select Wilkerson in the first-round of the 2011 draft, then led the lineman to initial success in the pro ranks.

"He's an intelligent kid," Pettine said of Wilkerson in 2011, according to the LaCrosse (Wis.) Tribune. "He has good football aptitude. He understands it. He's a kid that can think on his feet. I just think the sky's the limit with Mo."

Wilkerson was just two years into a five-year, $86 million deal when he was released by the Jets last month.

In addition to visiting with the Packers, Wilkerson also reportedly visited the Kansas City Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins after the Jets cut him loose.

Wilkerson, 28, played all but three games over his first five NFL seasons with the Jets, starting each contest he played except two. He posted 10.5 sacks in 2013 and a career-high 12 sacks in 2015.

However, he slipped to 4.5 sacks in 2016 and 3.5 in 2017, and he was benched last December as a disciplinary action reportedly due in part to tardiness and missing a practice.

--Field Level Media