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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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The Jets expect RE Muhammad Wilkerson (broken fibula) to be ready for training camp, but are leaving open the possibility that he could be placed on the active/PUP list.
Wilkerson is technically a free agent, but ESPN New York reports there's "virtually no chance" he reaches the open market. GM Mike Maccagnan has already said he's open to using the franchise tag. The wide expectation is that he will do so. Jan 14 - 7:58 PM

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan is "absolutely" considering using the franchise tag on free agent RE Muhammad Wilkerson.

Maccagnan is just stating the obvious. Absent a long-term extension, the tag will be used. The sides have seemed far apart in talks, so the tag is probably the most likely outcome for 2016. Recovering from a broken leg, Wilkerson has been given a six month timeline, making him questionable for the start of training camp.
Jan 14 - 1:34 PM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson will undergo surgery on his broken right fibula in the next week.

According to the Jets, the recovery time is "to be determined." An impending free agent, Wilkerson could miss a good chunk of the offseason, but should be ready for training camp wherever he ends up. The most likely scenario is Wilkerson remaining with the Jets, probably via the franchise tag.
Jan 4 - 1:35 PM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson was carted off the field with a broken right leg in the third quarter of Sunday's Week 17 game.

He could put almost no weight on the leg while being helped off by trainers. Wilkerson is an impending free agent. If the Jets can't overcome Sunday's 19-10 deficit against Buffalo, it may be Wilkerson's final game as a Jet.
Jan 3 - 3:14 PM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta believes the Jets will "almost certainly" use the franchise tag on contract-year RE Muhammad Wilkerson.

The two sides went through some contract squabbles last offseason with Wilkerson heading into the final year of his rookie deal. A long-term deal was discussed, but ultimately wasn't agreed upon before talks were broken off when Week 1 rolled around. Wilkerson, 26, has answered with another borderline-All Pro season. He's second among 3-4 ends with 12 sacks, 1.5 behind J.J. Watt, and is first in the NFL in sack yards. Wilkerson has also continued to be top-notch against the run. GM Mike Maccagnan will likely tag Wilkerson, try to work out a long-term contract, and if one isn't reached, he can try and trade him or let him play on the one-year deal.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 09:55:00 AM

Jets lead the league with 17 sacks since Week 9.

Without a true edge rusher, the Jets struggled to find the quarterback early in the season despite sending pressure as much as any team in the league. Improved play from Muhammad Wilkerson, who has four sacks in as many games, and the development of rookie Lorenzo Mauldin has allowed New York to get more pressure over the last month despite blitzing at a much lower rate. With the secondary struggling, getting pressure without extra rushers would go a long way to solidify the defense.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 10:55:00 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini said to "bet on" the Jets using the franchise tag on RE Muhammad Wilkerson this offseason.

Of course, this assumes the two sides cannot reach a long-term extension, but there have been no indications a deal is in the cards. NT Damon Harrison is also a free agent this offseason, and the Jets already have a lot of money invested in Sheldon Richardson and rookie Leonard Williams. It is unlikely New York can keep all four.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 10:31:00 AM

X-rays came back negative on Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson's ribs, and he's expected to be "fine" for Week 6 against the Redskins.

Wilkerson is merely dealing with "sore ribs." The Jets can afford to scale back Wilkerson's snaps a bit if they want to, as Sheldon Richardson is back from suspension. Through four games, Wilkerson has 21 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 04:56:00 PM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson is undergoing X-rays on his ribs.

Wilkerson suffered the injury in New York's Week 4 win over the Dolphins, but apparently concealed it from the coaching staff during the team's bye week. Wilkerson missed three games with a toe issue last season, but had previously never missed a game. We suspect he'll be fine for Week 6.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 02:42:00 PM

The New York Post's Brian Costello reported RE Muhammad Wilkerson has broken off contract negotiations with the Jets.

Wilkerson had been clear he would not negotiate during the season. If the two sides cannot come to an agreement following the season, the Jets will either have to slap Wilkerson with the franchise tag or let their star defensive end hit free agency. If allowed to reach the market, Wilkerson could threaten the $60 million guaranteed Marcell Dareus received from the Bills last week.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 11:15:00 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini said contract-year RE Muhammad Wilkerson and the Jets are unlikely to reach a deal before the regular season.

Wilkerson has already said he does not want negotiations to spill into the season, so this likely means the two sides will not work out a deal until next offseason. Bills NT Marcell Dareus reset the defensive lineman market by signing a six-year extension with $60 million guaranteed on Thursday. Wilkerson should be looking for something in the same range.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 11:37:00 AM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson (hamstring) returned to practice on Sunday.

Wilkerson got in some work in team drills, and coach Todd Bowles said he will play in the third preseason game barring any setbacks. Wilkerson has been sidelined since August 2.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 09:03:00 AM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson (hamstring) won't play in Friday's preseason game.

Wilkerson was never expected to play after suffering a minor setback last week. The Jets are taking a cautious approach with his hamstring. Wilkerson could return for next week's dress rehearsal.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 04:24:00 PM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson admitted he suffered a setback with his injured hamstring.

Wilkerson has been sidelined since straining his left hamstring on August 2. An MRI did not show any tears, but coach Todd Bowles said the team would "err on the side of caution." He is unlikely to play in the Jets' second preseason game.
Source: Newsday
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 08:03:00 AM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan confirmed he wants to sign RE Muhammad Wilkerson to a long-term deal.

Talks have reportedly picked up between the Jets and Wilkerson, but the sides remain far apart on a new contract. Sheldon Richardson's off-field issues have given leverage to Wilkerson's asking price of $12M annually. Wilkerson is expected to play out the final year of his deal if an extension isn't reached before Week 1.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 02:48:00 PM

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