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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 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. Apr 29 - 1:00 AM
Source: ESPN

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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The Panthers rescinded Josh Norman's tag when it became clear the sides couldn't reach a long-term deal.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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

The Eagles, Bears, and Bucs could have varying levels of interest in franchise-tagged RE Muhammad Wilkerson.

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini polled the rest of the ESPN NFL Nation reporters. Phil Sheridan, who covers the Eagles, cites Wilkerson's local connection, as he went to Temple and grew up in the area, He'd also be an upgrade inside to pair with Fletcher Cox in new DC Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense. The Bears have the cap space and have been loosely connected to Wilkerson over the past month. Tampa Bay is one of the more pass-rush desperate teams in the league. Wilkerson trade chatter will heat up before the draft, but it's tough to see him actually being dealt.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 1 - 9:53 AM

The New York Post reports the Jets are still shopping franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

It conflicts with comments from GM Mike Maccagnan, who said he wasn't actively pursuing a trade for Wilkerson. The Jets are reportedly only offering Wilkerson below-market deals and "have barely spoken to his representatives." Wilkerson's $15.7 million tender makes him next to impossible to trade, but there's an outside chance he'll be moved leading up to the draft.
Mar 30 - 4:44 PM

One official from another team told ESPN's Rich Cimini it will be "next to impossible" for the Jets to execute a "tag-and-trade" with DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

Cimini probably put it best when he said, "the Jets have a three-carat diamond ring and they're trying to sell it to K-Mart customers." Wilkerson's talent has never been in question but the price of trading for him is just too steep. The Jets could be in for an interesting summer if the two sides can't agree to terms before the July 15 deadline for a long-term deal. One official told Cimini he wouldn't be shocked if Wilkerson stages a holdout that lasts into the regular season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 27 - 10:02 AM

Muhammad Wilkerson's (broken leg) agent tweeted the star defensive end will be ready to play "for someone" by Week 1.

Wilkerson should be 100 percent by training camp, but the interesting portion of the tweet is the "for someone" jab. Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said this week the team is "not actively pursuing" a trade, but that is not going to stop Wilkerson's camp from attempting to create leverage. After slapping him with the franchise tag, the Jets have until mid-July to work out a long-term deal with Wilkerson.
Mar 19 - 11:02 AM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said the team is "not actively pursuing" a trade for franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

It sounds like the Jets would have to be wowed by an offer to even consider trading Wilkerson. As good as he's been, the haul it would take to land Wilkerson is probably too much for most teams. The Jets have until mid-July to sign Wilkerson to a long-term deal before he hits free agency next offseason.
Mar 18 - 3:53 PM

NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater believes the Jets "probably won't get a first-round draft pick" for franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

It has been widely reported the Jets are willing to trade Wilkerson after placing the franchise tag on him in late February. Plenty of organizations would like to have a talent like Wilkerson on their roster, but it may be tough to justify paying a first-round pick and shelling out the big guaranteed contract Wilkerson is certainly after. It also might not make sense for the Jets to give up their best defensive player for anything less than a first-round pick. With Damon Harrison already out the door, New York should do everything they can to keep Wilkerson long term.
Mar 12 - 8:50 AM

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