- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

On the same day they hosted him on a visit, the Redskins lost out on defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.

Wilkerson agreed to join the Green Bay Packers, ESPN reported.

The Redskins eyed Wilkerson in an attempt to upgrade their defensive line. Wilkerson, 28, was on the market after the New York Jets released him in February. He is capable of playing multiple spots up front, and most likely would have helped improved the Redskins’ porous run defense.

Wilkerson reportedly met with the Redskins brass on Monday, going out to dinner, and toured the team’s facility in Ashburn on Tuesday. But he left without a deal and the Packers swooped in.

The Packers previously expressed interest in Wilkerson before his visit with the Redskins, meeting with him last week. 

Wilkerson’s production sharply declined over the last two seasons, finishing with just 3½ sacks in 2017. He was also benched for the last three games after being repeatedly late to team meetings. The Jets released him just two years into a five-year, $86 million extension.

But Wilkerson has shown flashes of dominance. In 2015, he had 12 sacks and made the Pro Bowl. New York drafted him with the 30th overall pick in 2011.

He will now look to rejuvenate his career in Green Bay, not Washington.


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