New Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said at the scouting combine last week that "we'd like to be really aggressive and see (if) we can be in every conversation" once free agency gets underway.
Meet the new Packers boss, who couldn't sound any more different than the old Packers boss Ted Thompson's annual goal was seemingly to see if the Packers could avoid every free-agent conversation not involving one of their own.
Now comes word from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport that New York Jets DT Muhammad Wilkerson will make his first free-agent visit to — wait for it — Green Bay. Although Gang Green announced Wilkerson's release last week, just two seasons into a mammoth five-year pact, it's expected to become official Monday, according to Rapoport.
The Packers have roughly $20 million in cap space, which is expected to rise once they tend to the bloated contracts of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Wilkerson isn't commanding another lucrative multi-year deal; it was the incentive of a contract year that likely helped coax his career year in 2015. This reported visit makes a lot of sense on multiple levels, even if we're still trying to wrap our head around the idea of a big-ticket free agent visiting Green Bay making sense on multiple levels.