If the Green Bay Packers are interested in bringing Muhammad Willkerson back onto the team once he heals up from his broken ankle, it appears that they will have the roster space and salary cap space to do so.
Recently, the team met with free agent defensive tackle Rodney Gunter, who had played with the Arizona Cardinals for the last four seasons. The 26-year-old Gunter visited Green Bay last Wednesday, but he left without a contract. Now it appears he is off the market. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gunter is returning to Arizona after re-signing with the Cardinals.
Gunter is coming off a strong season in 2018 which saw him take over a starting job from former first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche. Playing in all 16 games, Gunter recorded 4.5 sacks and 44 total tackles, adding a pair of forced fumbles as well.
With Gunter now off the market, the Packers return to planning for 2019 with Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels, and Dean Lowry as the likely starters when utilizing a three-man line. However, Wilkerson remains a possible option after losing most of 2018 to injury. The Packers also may be interested in a few defensive tackles in this year’s NFL Draft class, with Houston’s Ed Oliver looking like a possible option if he remains available when Green Bay selects at #12 overall.