Monday, April 6, 2015

Jets Shouldn't Waste Time Extending Muhammad Wilkerson

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Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson will not attend the team’s voluntary offseason workouts that started Monday. Wilkerson, who is playing on the fifth-year year option attached to his rookie contract, is seeking a new deal that would presumably make him one of the highest-paid defensive players in the league. Chad Weisling, Wilkerson’s agent, declined to mention whether the absence was contract-related in a public statement, but it’s easy to put the pieces together.

It’s possible that Wilkerson has planned to avoid OTAs all along despite no reports stating that, as many players prefer working out on their own in preparation for the season. It’s also possible that the Jets’ spending spree in free agency made the Second Team All-Pro end feel like less of a priority, as there is no money left for him under the 2015 cap. New general manager Mike Maccagnan initially met with Weisling at the NFL combine to start discussing an extension for Wilkerson and it’s obvious the Jets would like to get something done, although it seems likely they will wait until after this year’s draft picks are signed.

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