But Wilkerson had already visited Green Bay, and he was on his way to Washington.
I'll wait to see how Wilkerson's contract comes out financially before giving the Packers an "A" grade on this signing.
A one-year commitment at $5 million is hardly a steep price to pay for a former Pro Bowler, regardless of the impact Wilkerson provides in 2018.
A former first-round pick, Wilkerson agreed to terms with the Packers on Tuesday, a source told ESPN. If Pettine can keep Wilkerson motivated and maximize his unique ability as a long and powerful run-stopper and pass-rusher, it's possible Wilkerson could land another big deal. Coach Mike McCarthy fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers in January after nine seasons.
Although the Jets showed good faith by rewarding him with a five-year, $85 million deal in 2016, Wilkerson has disappeared on the field and disappointed off the field ever since.
Last season with the Jets, Wilkerson posted just 46 tackles, the lowest of his career, to go with 3.5 sacks, his lowest since his rookie season in 13 games. The team terminated that contract after only two years. He was the highest-paid player on the team in 2017, making $15 million in cash earnings. 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.