“Mutual Interest” Between Packers & Muhammad Wilkerson In Return


Rob Demovsky reports that there’s “mutual interest” between the Packers and DT Muhammad Wilkerson about bringing him back for the 2019 season.

Demovsky suspects the Packers would offer him another one-year, prove-it contract if he were to return. 

A few weeks ago, Wilkerson told Michael Cohen of the Athletic that he liked playing in Green Bay would be interested in re-signing with the Packers once he’s ready to return from a serious ankle injury. 

“I like it here a lot,” Wilkerson said. “I came here to prove that I can play at a high level and that was cut short. But that’s how the game goes sometimes. I definitely want to get another shot to show what I can do.

Wilkerson suffered a broken ankle a few games into the 2018 season and was later placed on injured reserve. 

While it was clearly a serious injury, Wilkerson explained that he suffered a compound fracture that required a similar kind of brace to the one Alex Smith was seen with on his leg a few weeks ago. 

Wilkerson, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2011. He played out his rookie contract with the team and was in line to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason before the Jets used their franchise tag on him in 2017.

The Jets later signed Wilkerson to a five-year, $86 million contract before releasing him last year. From there, Wilkerson signed a one-year contract with the Packers worth up to $8 million.

Wilkerson will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. 

In 2018, Wilkerson appeared in two games and recorded four tackles and no sacks for the Packers.

We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.

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