Muhammad Wilkerson is one of the best defensive tackles for the New York Jets, but it is still not clear whether he will be with the team going into the 2016 season. His current deal negotiations with the team haven’t produced anything so far and it could be a while before it does.
Wilkerson was slapped with a franchise tag earlier this year, but he has refused to sign the $15.7 million tender for the 2016 season. On Saturday, he spoke with the New York Daily News and refused to comment on if he will be with the team going into training camp.
“I’m not going to answer that question, because there’s no deal in place,” Wilkerson said. “Nobody knows what will happen.”
If Wilkerson decides not to sign his franchise tender and sits out the regular season, it would cost him $900,000 a week. He refused to comment on that situation either.
The deal he wants would be a long-term one that amounts to much more than $15.7 million for one year. In fact, it would probably amount to that amount for guaranteed money, if not more.
In five years with the Jets, Muhammad Wilkerson has recorded 184 tackles and 36.5 sacks. He would certainly make a big impact for the team if he is on the field this year.
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