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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Jun 18 - 10:34 AM
Source: ESPN

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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.
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

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said the team has not considered rescinding RE Muhammad Wilkerson's franchise tag.

The Panthers rescinded Josh Norman's tag when it became clear the sides couldn't reach a long-term deal. Maccagnan said the Jets are not "actively shopping" Wilkerson, but they also aren't trying to lock him up long term. Wilkerson remains available for trade.
Apr 22 - 1:58 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes trading franchise-tagged RE Muhammad Wilkerson is New York's best chance to acquire a top-10 draft pick.

With Ryan Fitzpatrick still unwilling to take a hometown discount, the Jets are in desperate need of a quarterback. Jared Goff and Carson Wentz are unlikely targets with New York stationed at No. 20 overall, but Paxton Lynch could enter the Jets' sights in round one, and Wilkerson is a strong bargaining chip if they need to move up. The Jets have spent most of the offseason trying to shed Wilkerson and his bloated salary. Using him to acquire a potential franchise QB would be a win-win for them.
Apr 17 - 8:50 AM

Franchise-tagged RE Muhammad Wilkerson plans to skip voluntary workouts.

It's an expected move with Wilkerson's contract situation. The Jets will continue to shop him leading up to the draft.
Apr 16 - 2:24 PM

According to the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows, franchise-tagged RE Muhammad Wilkerson "would love" to play for the 49ers.

Most of all, Wilkerson would love to get out of New York, where the Jets have shown less-than-zero interest in locking him up with long-term security. In San Francisco, Wilkerson would be a perfect scheme fit in their 3-4 defense and could be the replacement for RE Justin Smith after he retired following the 2014 season. The 49ers have the cap space to work out a mega extension, and the two teams could be a match in the draft if the Jets want to come up to No. 7 overall and if the 49ers would be willing to drop to No. 20. Wilkerson's situation will be one of the main things to watch come draft night.
Apr 15 - 1:02 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Jets may be seeking more than a first-round pick in trade talks for franchise tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

Wilkerson has been on the block all offseason, but a trade hasn't come close to fruition. The de facto deadline for a deal is April 28, the first day of the draft. Most signs point toward Wilkerson playing out 2016 on his one-year tender.
Apr 12 - 5:49 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs thinks the "chances are slim" the Bears will trade for franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

The Jets reportedly want to move Wilkerson, and he would be a great fit in the Bears' scheme. Biggs says GM Ryan Pace has put a "huge premium" on draft picks, however, making it unlikely he is willing to give up the No. 11 overall pick to land Wilkerson, especially considering the large guaranteed contract he will demand from whichever team acquires him. Wilkerson's name will come up in plenty of pre-draft chatter, but it is tough to see him being moved.
Apr 7 - 11:53 AM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini calls the Bears "one of the teams to watch" as the Jets try to trade franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

Cimini believes the Jets would "make the trade in a minute" if Chicago offered the No. 11 overall pick. The Bears' defensive front seven is quietly coming together nicely after the free agent additions of ILBs Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan, and in Eddie Goldman GM Ryan Pace nailed down the team's nose tackle of the future. Defensive end is arguably the biggest need left on Vic Fangio's side of the ball.
Apr 3 - 2:22 PM

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