New GM Brian Gutekunst has spent little time capitalizing on his stance that the Packers would be more aggressive this offseason. According to reports, the Green Bay Packers intend to sign Free Agent TE Jimmy Graham and DT Mohammad Wilkerson. Deals won’t become official until Thursday, but reports indicate that the Packers will be welcoming two high-profile signings this fall.
Jimmy Graham, 31, has spent the past three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, including a season with 10 touchdown receptions this past year. Graham spent his first five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, where he recorded 51 touchdown receptions and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark twice. Per reports, the deal is for three-years and rumored to be as high as $10 million a season. Jimmy Graham provides an immediate boost to a TE core that had been lacking in previous seasons. Graham provides an extra threat in the red zone for Rodgers to pass to.
Mohammad Wilkerson will be reunited with DC Mike Pettine, who was his first coach in the NFL. In his tenure with the Jets, Wilkerson formed himself into a dynamic player on defense and reached the Pro Bowl in 2015 after recording a career-high 12.0 sacks. A former first-round pick by the New York Jets, Wilkerson has the potential to make a strong defensive line even more formidable. Wilkerson carries with him leg injuries from the previous two seasons. Reports say the deal is for 1yr/$5M with $3M in incentives. Wilkerson adds another versatile lineman to a tough core already. Paired with Mike Daniels, the tandem should create plenty of havoc for opposing offenses this season.
Day 1 of Free Agency also saw a longtime staple of the franchise released. Jordy Nelson was released by the Packers on Tuesday, ending a nine-year run that included a Pro Bowl appearance and a Super Title in 2010. Gutekunst signaled that it was “time to move forward” from Nelson in his press conference this afternoon. More on Jordy Nelson can be read in a separate article. The Packers also tendered Joe Callahan to the Exclusive-Rights Free Agent tag, which means the club will have four quarterbacks on their roster going forward.
Reports are from Tom Silverstein, Rob Demovsky, Adam Schefter, Tom Pelissero.