With Shaun Ellis in limbo, Muhammad Wilkerson takes over starting job


Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis is one of the few players from our top-80 free agent list that remains unsigned.

We ranked him so high (No. 53) in part because he was the Jets’ best front seven player in the playoffs last year. (And it wasn’t even close.) Yet the Jets seem ready to move on without him because of first-round pick Muhammad Wilkerson.

“He belongs, he’s our starting defensive end right now the day he walked in here. We need him to be a player, and he’s starting right now,” Rex Ryan said on Tuesday via the Newark Star-Ledger.

Ryan said that Ellis would “start” if he returns, but his role would be dramatically reduced in favor of Wilkerson.  Ryan sees a lot of Trevor Pryce’s characteristics in Wilkerson.

So where does this leave Ellis?

“Shaun would like to continue to play for the Jetsand finish his career a Jet, but for now he’s contemplating his options,” Ellis’ agent told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Translation: Shaun isn’t in a huge hurry to go to training camp for the veteran’s minimum, which is what they have offered.

This is usually the time when the Patriots would become interested.

8 responses to “With Shaun Ellis in limbo, Muhammad Wilkerson takes over starting job

  1. Like Shaun a lot, and I’d love to see him back with the Jets. But he’s made a lot of money already, and he’s 34, so he has to be a little flexible.

  2. Majority of the time it takes rookie defensive lineman at least a year to get acclimated to the NFL because there is such a sharp learning curve.

    If I was Rex I would be doing everything possible to get Ellis in camp and keep him around for 1 more year while the rook learns.

  3. I am really surprised the Jets have not made more of an effort to resign Ellis. He has always been a thorn in TB’s side. I would welcome him to NE on a short term contract.

    With the Giants telling Osi to go home,I wonder if a trade is already in the works?

  4. Bold statement for Rex for a guy he has barely seen in professional pads. What happens in week 10 when this guy is limping around the field?

  5. On so many levels I’d love to see the Pats swoop in and sign him…
    He was the comp. pick for the Pats getting BB.

    He know’s BB’s 3-4 via Mangini

    Nice screw you to Rex would be the cherry on top!

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