The 2018 Green Bay Packers are not your father's Green Bay Packers, or even your younger uncle's Green Bay Packers, because these Green Bay Packers are spending big early in free agency.
The Raiders have lost out on any chance of signing former Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson, as he elected to sign with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
In good news for Wilkerson, he can be reinvigorated by playing for a victor, something CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported was important to him when discussing Wilkerson on our Pick Six Podcast Free Agency Preview (listen and subscribe to all episodes here). Wilkerson spent the first seven years of his career with the New York Jets. The Jets went 10-6, and NY rewarded their defensive tackle with a five-year, $86 million dollar deal. The longtime Jet recorded just eight sacks in the past two seasons, and he struggled to consistently generate pressure.
Wilkerson, 28, was benched for the final three games of last season, ostensibly because he was late for a meeting on December 15; it marked the fourth time since 2015 he was disciplined for tardiness.
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.
Wilkerson visited with the team last week, and spent time with other National Football League organizations after that before making his decision to sign with Green Bay.
It's fair to say Mike Daniels is pleased with the signing.