By Zach Kruse
Muhammad Wilkerson’s first visit of free agency could be his last.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, there is “a lot of mutual interest” between Wilkerson and the Green Bay Packers, the first team he’ll visit on Thursday.
Wilkerson was originally scheduled to visit with the Packers on Wednesday, but a snowstorm plowing into the northeast delayed the meeting. It will now happen on Thursday, after Wilkerson flies into Green Bay Wednesday night.
Several other teams are reportedly interested in Wilkerson, but the Pro Bowl defensive end picked a chance to meet with Mike Pettine and the Packers first – a sign he’s highly interested in a reunion with his former defensive coordinator in New York.
If the money works out, a deal could happen fast. Both sides should have a good idea on the financial front going into the meeting, especially after the combine, when agents and teams meet and talk business.
Wilkerson is looking to get his career back on track after two disappointing seasons with the Jets, and a chance to play for Pettine and a winning organization in Green Bay could be exactly what he needs to do it. The Packers are searching for a difference-maker on defense and more ways to disrupt the quarterback. Again, if the two sides can get on the same page financially, this looks like an ideal fit between player and team. It’s possible a deal could be finalized as soon as...