Green Bay Packers land Muhammad Wilkerson

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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.

East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (96) reacts during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky, a Cover 2 contributor, was first to report the news Tuesday night.

Still, defensive line might be the deepest position on the Packers' defensive roster, with budding star Kenny Clark, Pro Bowler Mike Daniels and the improving Dean Lowry.

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The deal comes following the signing of tight end Jimmy Graham from Seattle and the news of longtime Packer Jordy Nelson being released, and will be for one year, $5 million with $3 million in incentives built into the contract, per NFL.com's Tom Pelissero.

I'll wait to see how Wilkerson's contract comes out financially before giving the Packers an "A" grade on this signing. If Wilkerson plays motivated every play, he could be a force.

Wilkerson visited with the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints in addition to the Packers. After all, he's on a 1-year prove-it deal. His motivation has waned and so has his production in recent seasons, however, his best season, per Pro Football Focus, was under current Packers Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine in 2012. If anyone knows how good Wilkerson can be, it's Pettine. He will also contribute to the pass rush - Wilkerson recorded double-digit sacks in two of his seven seasons with the Jets.

The Jets placed the franchise tag on Wilkerson in 2016 to prevent him from hitting free agency, but his future with the team remained in doubt.

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