Raiders lose out on DT Mo Wilkerson, signs with Packers

Raiders lose out on DT Mo Wilkerson, signs with Packers

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and cap manager Russ Ball delivered a big-time talent on defense at a price point everyone should be able to agree on. A team like Green Bay can afford to take a risk on Wilkerson to see if that player who earned a big deal is still in there.

Muhammad Wilkerson embarked on a four-city tour over the past several days but has made a decision, and it turns out the first stop on that two-time zone sojourn was telling. 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.

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.

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Working out a contract with Wilkerson continued a busy day for the Packers, who also agreed to a deal with tight end Jimmy Graham and released wide receiver Jordy Nelson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Issues came to a head this season, when Wilkerson was inactive in the last three games after showing up late to multiple team meetings.

The 2011 first-round pick made the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2015 after registering 64 tackles and a career-high 12 sacks. He will also contribute to the pass rush - Wilkerson recorded double-digit sacks in two of his seven seasons with the Jets. But as for Wilkerson, he should have some motivation.

That seemed to change, however, when he was signed to a five-year, $86 million contract extension before the 2016 campaign, according to Spotrac. In the last two years combined he's accounted for just eight sacks in 25 games.

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