Packers, DE Wilkerson agree to terms

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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.

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. Damon Harrison left in free agency, Sheldon Richardson was traded and now Wilkerson is gone to Green Bay.

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.

Wilkerson spent the first seven years of his career with the New York Jets.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky, a Cover 2 contributor, was first to report the news Tuesday night. The Jets went 10-6, and NY rewarded their defensive tackle with a five-year, $86 million dollar deal. Coach Mike McCarthy fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers in January after nine seasons. The bigger positions of need are at cornerback and outside linebacker. The defensive tackle was benched for the final three games of the season after he was late to a team meeting, and as the relationship turned rocky it became obvious that Wilkerson would be hitting the free market. The team terminated that contract after only two years.

Wilkerson, 28, was a first round pick by NY in the 2011 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl in 2015. Wilkerson produced eight sacks in 28 games over the past two seasons.

Like the Graham deal, let's see if the Packers structured it so they can get out and have enough to pay their franchise quarterback.

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