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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s latest on the Packers' pursuit of former New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.
Wilkerson had let it be known he planned on visiting several teams, so the fact the 6-4, 315-pound veteran didn’t sign with the Packers isn't necessarily a negative for the team. At the same time, they had first crack at locking him down and were not able or willing to do that.
In his seven years with the Jets, Wilkerson never made it to the playoffs and his priority has been to join a winning team. The Packers, Saints and Chiefs have been perennial playoff teams and would greatly benefit if Wilkerson were to play like the guy who had 28.5 sacks from 2013-'15.
The Jets released Wilkerson, 28, after two down seasons in which he dealt with leg, shoulder and toe injuries. In 2016, he was still recovering from a broken leg suffered late the previous season and managed just 4½ sacks. Last season, he was banged up and managed just 3½ sacks in 13 games.
The Packers undoubtedly wanted to address Wilkerson's reported tardiness for meetings and find out how motivated he was for a new start. Wilkerson played every position on the defensive line for Pettine in New York and would be an instant upgrade for a middling pass rush.
Tom joins Michael Cohen for a preview of free agency on the latest Packers Podcast:
Michael notes that Demetri Goodson will in fact be a restricted free agent:
Ryan Wood looks at Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson’s problematic 40 time at the Combine:
I chatted with readers late Friday afternoon:
Elsewhere, Jason Wilde writes on Bryan Bulaga’s future with the team:
Former Packers cornerback Sam Shields has signed with the Rams:
ACME Packing Company has a list of pro days to keep an eye on:
What might an Aaron Rodgers contract extension look like? Take a look:
Rodgers is still considered a good get in fantasy football:
The Packers were in the middle of the pack when it came to pressuring the quarterback in 2017:
Greg Matzek talks free agency with NFL Network:
It’s a unique experience:
Pretty decent highlight video here: