This surely won’t help Wilkerson, who has had a surprisingly quiet market, find a job. Wilkerson spent last season with the Packers, but wasn’t able to play much. After just three games, his season was ended by a serious ankle injury. There was initially some concern Wilkerson’s injury could effect him longterm, but it was then announced he was going to make a full recovery.
Considering no one has signed him yet, it’s possible his recovery didn’t go as well as expected. We heard back in early March before the start of free agency that there was “mutual interest” between the veteran and the Packers on him returning to Green Bay for a second season, but nothing materialized.
Even though he isn’t at the level he once was, Wilkerson is still easily one of the top names left on the market. Wilkerson entered the league as a first round pick of the Jets back in 2011, and became a very good player in New York. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and was a second-team All-Pro in 2013 and 2015.
Wilkerson has always been able to fill up a stat sheet, and play well stuffing the run while also getting after the passer. He had 12 sacks in 2015, and the Temple product is still only 29. Wherever he ends up signing, it’s quite possible if not likely that he’ll now be facing discipline from the league.
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