Raiders lose out on DT Mo Wilkerson, signs with Packers

Florence Fletcher
March 14, 2018

The Green Bay Packers got busy on Tuesday.

Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson #96 of the New York Jets celebrates a tackle against running back Tevin Coleman #26 (not pictured) of the Atlanta Falcons with teammate strong safety Jamal Adams #33 during the third quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on October 29, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

It was a significant decline for Wilkerson, a 2011 first-round pick who once appeared to be on the verge of stardom.

Tom Pelissero of NFL.com says the contract is one year, $5 million with up to $3 million in incentives. The Jets went 10-6, and NY rewarded their defensive tackle with a five-year, $86 million dollar deal. Wilkerson has remained a solid contributor in recent years, but the Jets didn't feel his play justified his salary.

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One can assume new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had a say in this signing. Wilkerson cashed in after that monster season, with the Jets viewing the 6-foot-4, 315-pound New Jersey native as a key piece to their fearsome defensive line. He will also contribute to the pass rush - Wilkerson recorded double-digit sacks in two of his seven seasons with the Jets. The bigger positions of need are at cornerback and outside linebacker.

Wilkerson, 28, was a first round pick by NY in the 2011 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl in 2015.

That seemed to change, however, when he was signed to a five-year, $86 million contract extension before the 2016 campaign, according to Spotrac. After racking up 28.5 sacks from 2013 to 2015, he has managed a paltry eight quarterback takedowns in 28 games over the past two years.

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