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Muhammad Wilkerson | Defensive Lineman | #96

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 315
College: Temple
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (30) / NYJ
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Jets placed DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) on the active/PUP list.
Wilkerson said he expected to be ready for camp, so the Jets are probably just exercising caution and easing him in. Wilkerson will be 100 percent well ahead of Week 1, which is all that matters. Jul 28 - 2:01 PM

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) expects to be ready for the start of the season.

The Jets plan to move Wilkerson slowly after giving him a five-year, $86 million extension. He’ll likely open training camp on active/PUP, but his Week 1 status isn’t in doubt.
Jul 20 - 4:30 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (broken leg) is "likely" to begin training camp on the active/PUP list.

Wilkerson was expected to be fully recovered in time for camp, but the Jets might want to take it slow with their newly-minted $85-million man. He should be ready to go well before Week 1. With Wilkerson re-signed to a long-term deal, the Jets' defensive front will remain an imposing force for the foreseeable future.
Jul 16 - 9:25 AM

Jets signed DE Muhammad Wilkerson to a five-year, $85 million contract.

He gets $54 million in the first three years with $37 million fully guaranteed. Of all the deals brokered before Friday's deadline, this one is easily the most shocking. Wilkerson stayed far away from OTAs and minicamp and was expected to hold out well into camp if not the season. This contract materialized seemingly out of thin air. Because Wilkerson was previously on the books at his $15.7 million franchise number -- and the long-term contract will surely lower that -- the Wilkerson deal could potentially free up enough cap space for the Jets to make another run at re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick. GM Mike Maccagnan would do extremely well to enter training camp with Wilkerson locked up long term and Fitzpatrick back atop the quarterback depth chart.
Jul 15 - 4:34 PM

NJ.com confirms the Jets and franchise player Muhammad Wilkerson remain far apart in extension talks ahead of Friday's deadline.

"Barring a last-minute change," a deal will not be getting done. That has been the expectation all summer. Wilkerson has yet to sign his $15.7 million tender, and could skip as much of camp as he wants.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 14 - 1:36 PM

The Jets and franchise-tagged DL Muhammed Wilkerson have yet to open contract discussions.

While it looks like Von Miller's contract with Denver will eventually get done, no such optimism exists in East Rutherford as Wilkerson has essentially been MIA all offseason with no plans to resurface. Because he never signed his franchise tender, Wilkerson could conceivably skip all of training camp, arrive days before Week 1 and still earn his entire $15.7 million salary. Barring a last-minute miracle, the two sides won't be reaching a deal before the July 15 deadline.
Jul 8 - 3:13 PM

NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater does not think Jets franchise-tagged DL Muhammad Wilkerson will report for the first day of training camp.

Technically not under contract until he signs his franchise tender, Wilkerson could theoretically sit out the entire season without incurring any fines. There are $15.7 million reasons for him to show up when the games start counting, however, and Slater thinks Wilkerson will report to camp after he has made his point. The two sides have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal, but that is not going to happen. Wilkerson is almost certainly entering his final season with the Jets.
Jul 2 - 9:12 AM

Jets franchise-tagged RE Muhammad Wilkerson refused to say if he will skip training camp.

"I'm not going to answer that question right now because there's no deal in place," Wilkerson said. "Nobody knows what can happen." With the two sides not expected to work out a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline, Wilkerson has the option to either sign his franchise tender or sit out the season. The latter is highly unlikely considering he would lose $924,000 for every skipped game, but he could sit out most of camp to express his displeasure. Wilkerson is probably entering his final season with the Jets.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 10:34 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini reports franchise-tagged RE Muhammad Wilkerson "might not report" for the start of training camp.

Around those that cover the team, Wilkerson's contract squabble has taken a backseat to Ryan Fitzpatrick's, but it's still a large issue. Wilkerson is heated at seeing another defensive lineman (Eagles DT Fletcher Cox) get a monster contract on Monday and feels he deserves every bit of what Cox got -- $63 million guaranteed. Wilkerson can't be fined because he hasn't signed his tender.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 8:57 PM

The New York Daily News doesn’t expect the Jets to extend franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

The Jets haven’t made any progress with Wilkerson, and there’s nothing to suggest a deal will get done before the July 15 deadline. With both Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams signed for the next two-plus years, keeping Wilkerson isn’t a top priority. Wilkerson should play out 2016 before hitting free agency next offseason.
Jun 3 - 8:12 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said the team wants to sign franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson to a long-term deal.

"We want to come to an agreement -- we want to sign all our good players -- but that doesn’t always work out," Bowles said. "With the rules these days, they make it very hard after four or five years to keep your own." Bowles undoubtedly wants Wilkerson around for a long time, but there have been zero signs of an impending agreement. Odds are Wilkerson plays out this season on the tag before hitting free agency next spring.
Source: ESPN
Jun 2 - 12:39 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini said the Jets and franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson "aren't close" to a long-term contract.

This is not a new development, but it is important to note after the Jets failed to trade Wilkerson during the draft. There have not been any signs the two sides will work out a deal, making it likely Wilkerson plays out the year under the terms of the tag before hitting the open market next spring. The deadline for an agreement is July 15.
Source: ESPN
May 17 - 9:57 AM

NJ Advance Media's Dom Cosentino would not "rule out" franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson holding out into training camp.

With the draft in the rear-view mirror and any hope of a trade gone, the two sides are now left with the choice of working out a long-term contract or swallowing the terms of the franchise tag. Wilkerson could also choose to hold out, but that would not do much to help his situation considering he is not allowed to sign a long-term deal after July 15. Unless the two sides surprisingly work something out, Wilkerson will play out this season under the tag before hitting the open market next spring.
May 14 - 10:53 AM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan does not "envision" trading franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

Because any team trading for him would want assurances on a long-term contract, this is not the kind of deal teams can work out while on the clock. With little trade action to this point, it is unlikely the Jets find an acceptable offer before the second-round opens Friday night. The two sides have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal, but it feels more likely Wilkerson plays out 2016 under the tag.
Source: ESPN
Apr 29 - 1:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets have "fielded calls" on franchise-tagged RE Muhammad Wilkerson, but there's been "little action" and a trade is "unlikely."

Wilkerson badly wants out of New York, and the Jets want a trade just as bad, but they're not going to lower their asking price just to ship Wilkerson out of town. It's long been reported GM Mike Maccagnan wants a first-round pick in return for Wilkerson. To this point, no team is offering that.
Apr 27 - 12:44 PM

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