Muhammad Wilkerson (AP Photo | Adrian Kraus)

The Saints are continuing to get an early jump on free agency.

The team is bringing in former Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson for a free-agent visit, a source confirmed. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the news.

The Saints have stated multiple times this offseason that improving the pass rush is one of their top priorities.

New York released Wilkerson in February after a falling out. He reportedly missed a meeting in December and was benched for the final three games, finishing the year with 3 1/2 sacks. 

The seven-year veteran had his best season in 2015 when he finished with 12 sacks and 78 pressures. However, he only logged 4 1/2 sacks the next season. Wilkerson had 25 pressures last season and 30 in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Wilkerson has served as 3-4 defensive end and has played inside when in a four-man front. He could potentially play end in the base defense in New Orleans and move inside on passing downs.

The pass rusher visited the Green Bay Packers on Thursday but left town without reaching a deal.

The Saints signed another veteran player, safety Kurt Coleman, who was let go by his original team last week. Free agency opens for players still under contract on March 14.

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