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Muhammad Wilkerson | Defensive Lineman

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 315
College: Temple
Contract: view contract details

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Owner Woody Johnson said the Jets continue to have sporadic dialogue regarding Muhammad Wilkerson's contract.
"But it’s got to be something that works for both sides," Johnson said. Wilkerson lost some leverage in talks when USC DT Leonard Williams slipped to the Jets at No. 6 overall. Wilkerson continues to stay away from team activities as he seeks a long-term extension that includes something around $40 million guaranteed. May 21 - 8:27 AM

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan claims the arrival of No. 6 overall pick Leonard Williams doesn't impact the Muhammad Wilkerson situation.

Maccagnan simply said Williams was too good to pass up. No matter what he says, it was easier to pull the trigger on another interior lineman knowing Wilkerson is entering the final year of his contract and is seeking $40 million in guarantees. For this season, the Jets can use these two beasts with Sheldon Richardson to form one of the league's most dominant fronts. We're confident Todd Bowles will scheme up something nasty.
May 7 - 7:43 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Jets want "multiple first-round picks" in exchange for RE Muhammad Wilkerson.

Per La Canfora, the Browns and Raiders were among the teams "monitoring" the situation prior to the draft. It's unclear if both teams remain interested, but they're two of the clubs with the most cap space and would be able to sign Wilkerson to the long-term deal he wants. There's just no way the Jets are going to get "multiple" first-round picks for a guy seeking $40 million guaranteed.
Source: CBS Sports
May 1 - 1:28 PM

The Jets may look to shop RE Muhammad Wilkerson, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.

New York drafted USC's Leonard Williams with the sixth pick, which could make Wilkerson expendable. Pro Football Focus' No. 3 3-4 defensive end last season, Wilkerson is a 6'4", 315-pound behemoth who dominates against the run. There will be an enormous market for Wilkerson if the Jets make him available.
Apr 30 - 9:03 PM

The New York Daily News sees Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson as "doubtful" to be traded on Thursday night.

Teams want Wilkerson, but it takes two to tango. He's one of the best young five-technique ends in football, and a long-term building block for the Jets. The only scenario in which it might make sense for New York to flip Wilkerson would be if USC DL Leonard Williams is available at the No. 6 pick. The Jets could then draft Williams and move Wilkerson for an additional first-rounder.
Apr 30 - 11:20 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini could only see New York trading RE Muhammad Wilkerson if it's able to land USC DL Leonard Williams in the draft.

Williams is expected to be drafted right around where the Jets pick at No. 6 and could go as high as No. 2. If the Jets were able to land Williams, it could allow them to flip Wilkerson for an additional first-round pick and slide Williams in at right end opposite budding star LE Sheldon Richardson. There are a lot of moving parts, but coach Todd Bowles didn't deny Wilkerson is on the trade block.
Apr 29 - 11:17 AM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets are "not looking to trade" RE Muhammad Wilkerson.

"Not looking" to deal someone is different from outright saying they won't be traded, but it would qualify as a major shock were Wilkerson dealt. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that "at least" two teams have approached Gang Green about a trade as Wilkerson stays away from offseason workouts in hopes of a new contract. Wilkerson is set to make $6.969 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Apr 28 - 1:15 PM

At least two teams have approached the Jets about trading for RE Muhammad Wilkerson.

It's easy to connect the dots as Wilkerson is one of the game's best 3-4 ends and he's also staying away from offseason workouts as he enters the final year of his contract. GMs are only doing their job by seeing if he's available. But it would qualify as a major shock if the Jets dealt a foundation piece like Wilkerson, even if he's asking for Robert Quinn money ($41 million guaranteed).
Apr 28 - 10:18 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger expects contract-year RE Muhammad Wilkerson to settle for an extension in the range of $30 million guaranteed.

Wilkerson is currently making $6.97 million on his fifth-year option. He didn't report for the start of the Jets' offseason program, but remains a prime candidate for extension. One of the top 3-4 ends in the league, Wilkerson should command in excess of $10M annually.
Apr 11 - 6:09 PM

Walk-year RE Muhammad Wilkerson's player rep made no mention of his contract situation when discussing his absence from the start of the Jets' offseason program.

"Muhammad has been engaged in a workout program with his personal trainer since February, and believes that continuing with his current program will put him in the best physical shape for the 2015 season." Wilkerson's rep isn't fooling anybody — his absence is about money — but it's a sign he'll remain civil during extension talks. It will be bigger news if Wilkerson skips June's mandatory minicamp.
Apr 6 - 2:21 PM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson did not report for the first day of the Jets' offseason program.

Wilkerson is unhappy with his contract, which is set to pay him $6.97 million and expire in 2016. It's not a huge deal as the Phase One strength/conditioning/classroom sessions are not mandatory, but this is the first step in Wilkerson's power-play for a new deal. He's certainly earned it, picking up 24 sacks in his first four NFL seasons while dominating against the run and grading out as a top-three PFF 3-4 end in two of the last three seasons. The Jets, who are expected to address Wilkerson's situation after the draft, will have to pony up something just short of Robert Quinn's mega-deal that netted him $41.2M guaranteed.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 6 - 8:50 AM

When asked about Muhammad Wilkerson's contract status, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said, "we definitely want to keep him in the organization."

The Jets opened talks with Wilkerson's agent at the Combine last month. Despite mutual interest, Maccagnan said there's no timetable for getting a deal done. According to, Wilkerson's next deal could cost the Jets close to $40 million guaranteed. Wilkerson is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Mar 20 - 8:34 AM

The Jets will meet with RE Muhammad Wilkerson's player rep at the Combine.

The linchpin of Gang Green's defensive line, Wilkerson is going into the final year of his rookie contract. One of the league's top 3-4 ends, Wilkerson will make $6.969 million in 2015. He'll be angling to blow by $10 million annually in long-term talks.
Feb 17 - 5:18 PM

Jets owner Woody Johnson said the team will discuss RE Muhammad Wilkerson's contract situation next week.

Wilkerson is scheduled to make $6.97 million after the Jets exercised his 2015 option. He graded out as a top-five 3-4 end by PFF despite missing three games and is a prime extension candidate. Wilkerson, 25, could command a deal in the range of $12M annually. The Jets have a projected $48.9 million in cap space.
Jan 31 - 7:06 PM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson admitted that he expected to have a new contract already.

Wilkerson's rookie pact expires following the 2015 season. But he's certainly earned a new deal, emerging as a stud in terms of both pass rushing (15.5 sacks in his last 28 games) and run defense. Wilkerson was PFF's No. 15 3-4 DE last season and No. 3 this season -- only behind J.J. Watt and teammate Sheldon Richardson. The Jets would do well to lock up Wilkerson prior to the 2015 season.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 09:23:00 AM

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