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Muhammad Wilkerson | Defensive Lineman

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 315
College: Temple
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Jets exercised RE Muhammad Wilkerson's team option for 2015.
It's worth $6.969 million. Wilkerson is coming off a monster season, gobbling up the run while notching 10.5 sacks. Although he's now under team control for the next two seasons, it's possible the sides hammer out an extension before Week 1. Apr 17 - 9:37 PM

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Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson reiterated that he has no intentions of holding out this offseason and said he wants to be a "Jet for life."

Wilkerson hasn't been shy about saying how bad he wants to stay with Gang Green long-term, and we're sure the feeling is mutual. He has one year left on his rookie deal and a 2015 team option that the Jets are fully expected to exercise next month. Wilkerson has yet to miss a game and is elite versus both the run and pass.
Apr 11 - 10:34 AM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets plan to exercise RE Muhammad Wilkerson's 2015 fifth-year option before the May 3 deadline.

The Jets and Wilkerson's camp have talked about a long-term deal, but one isn't expected to come his way anytime in the immediate future. Wilkerson is under team control for a meager $7.2 million over the next two seasons. That's a huge bargain. Wilkerson has already said he has no plans of holding out.
Mar 7 - 9:21 AM

Jets RE Muhammed Wilkerson said he has no intentions of holding out.

Wilkerson is due just $1.2 million this season and the Jets can exercise a fifth-year option to keep him under contract through 2015. Despite coming off an All-Pro season, Wilkerson could have to wait until next year to begin long-term talks, but doesn't plan to let his contract situation become a distraction. "It will be taken care of, definitely," Wilkerson confirmed. "All that holdout talk – I never said anything like that. I’m going to show up like everybody else."
Feb 8 - 6:11 PM

The Jets can keep RE Muhammad Wilkerson under control for $7.2 million over the next two seasons.

The 2011 CBA limited rookie contracts to four years but gave teams a fifth-year option on first-round picks. Wilkerson -- a 2011 first-round pick -- is only due $1.2 million in 2014, and the team option for 2015 is expected to only be $6 million. It is a huge bargain for one of the best defensive linemen in the league, and could prompt the Jets to put extension negotiations on hold. The 2011 class is the first one to negotiate under the new rules, making Wilkerson's and other 2011 first-rounders' negotiations interesting case studies for the new rookie contract guidelines.
Feb 5 - 10:48 PM

Muhammad Wilkerson and the Jets are expected to begin discussing a contract extension within the next few months.

Wilkerson is easily outperforming his rookie deal, which expires after the 2014 season. Through five games, he has 19 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles while grading out as ProFootballFocus' No. 8 3-4 defensive end. "I think he's right there with the top defensive linemen in this league right now that aren't named J.J. Watt," said coach Rex Ryan. Wilkerson and rookie Sheldon Richardson are a huge reason why the Jets are 3-2 right now.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 09:16:00 AM

Speaking Monday, Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) said he's "fine," and will be ready for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Wilkerson sprained his ankle on the final defensive series of New York's Thursday loss, but has avoided a high-ankle sprain. Wilkerson was ticketed as a breakout candidate, but has gotten off to a slow start, grading out as a bottom-five 3-4 end in Pro Football Focus' ratings.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 02:40:00 PM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson suffered a right ankle injury on the final defensive series of Thursday's loss.

Wilkerson was angrily booed by a Pats crowd that thought he was faking an injury, but he had to be carted to the locker room after limping to the sideline. He was later seen leaving the stadium with an ice pack on his ankle. It's quite possible Wilkerson has suffered a high-ankle sprain, but we might not know until Monday's press conference.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 01:10:00 AM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson will report to the team's offseason conditioning program "in the best shape of his life" after tweaking his diet and training five days a week at Lifetime Fitness in Maryland.

"Just sit back and, like [Terrell Owens] said, get your popcorn ready," quipped Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. Wilkerson substituted cheese and red meat for vegetables, chicken, and fish. He's currently 6-foot-4, 305 with nary an ounce of fat on him. Coming off a breakout year where Pro Football Focus graded him as the NFL's No. 2 3-4 defensive end behind only J.J. Watt, Wilkerson is poised for All-Pro attention entering his age-24 season.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 01:11:00 PM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson's 2012 campaign was the most productive season by a Jets defensive lineman in Rex Ryan's head-coaching tenure.

Wilkerson amassed 70 tackles, three forced fumbles, and five sacks while grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 3-4 defensive end in the entire league, behind only J.J. Watt. He was still snubbed for Pro Bowl recognition. Wilkerson, still just 23, is one of the Jets' few building blocks on either side of the ball.
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 05:33:00 PM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson (head) returned to a full practice on Friday and will play in Week 17 against the Bills.

He's listed as probable. Upon further review, the Jets determined that their best defensive lineman did not suffer a Week 16 concussion, and Wilkerson will be all systems go for the season finale. Wilkerson has really come into his own as a second-year player, ranking second overall in Pro Football Focus' 3-4 defensive end ratings. Only J.J. Watt is ahead of Wilkerson.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 03:18:00 PM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson sustained a concussion during Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Chargers.

Wilkerson played every single snap in the game. The Jets didn't become aware of symptoms until afterward. Wilkerson is unlikely to get cleared for the finale in Buffalo, so his impressive second season is over. He was the Jets' second-best defender behind Antonio Cromartie this season, racking up 66 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and four passes defensed.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 12:13:00 PM

Jets second-year RE Muhammad Wilkerson has become a "dominant" player in 2012.

"(Wilkerson) can be a dominant inside rusher on third down and a dominant defensive end on early downs," said defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Head coach Rex Ryan likened his 2011 first-round pick out of Temple to Richard Seymour. Pro Football Focus ranks Wilkerson as the league's second-best 3-4 DE behind only J.J. Watt. He has recorded 50 tackles, two sacks, and three forced fumbles in 11 games. "The rest of the league is going to know all about Muhammad Wilkerson," Ryan added.
Sun, Dec 2, 2012 09:07:00 AM

Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson confirms he's "fine" following his late-June car accident.

Wilkerson has been cleared by the Jets doctors, and should be 100 percent for training camp. Wilkerson was drawing consistent praise from the media and Jets coaching staff before his accident, and is expected to play "80-plus percent" of New York's defensive snaps after playing roughly 60 percent as a rookie.
Tue, Jul 10, 2012 11:27:00 AM

ESPN reports Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson was treated for "minor injuries" after his car flipped in an early Saturday morning accident.

Wilkerson was charged with careless driving and failure to maintain his lane after striking another car at 4:29AM. The police report didn't indicate Wilkerson had been drinking. Even "minor injuries" could have Wilkerson questionable for the beginning of camp, though the Jets say he'll be ready. Coach Rex Ryan and DC Mike Pettine have both gone out of their way to praise Wilkerson this offseason, with the latter saying he was the team's second most impressive defender in OTAs after only Darrelle Revis.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 02:15:00 PM

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