Muhammad Wilkerson wants to be “a Jet for life”

AP

Much like the Ben Gates character from the National Treasure movies, New York Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson may not fully understand the nature of a bargaining chip.

Wilkerson already said earlier this offseason that he didn’t intend on holding out in an effort to force a long-term deal. Now Wilkerson has upped the ante and made it known just how much he wants to stay with the Jets.

According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Wilkerson said he doesn’t want to put on another uniform in his career.

“I told them at the end of the year last year that I want to be a Jet – a Jet for life,” Wilkerson said. “I’m from the area [Linden, N.J.], I’m a local guy, so I would love to be here and finish my career here.”

While it’s a noble thought for Wilkerson to want to play his entire career with the Jets, it may not be the best course of action to make those thoughts publicly known when it comes to contract negotiations. Ultimately, Wilkerson being so willing to express his desire to play for the Jets may allow the team to push harder for him to accept a lesser deal when it comes time to put pen to paper.

Wilkerson said negotiations were ongoing but the urgency to get a deal done isn’t pressing due to the Jets intention to pick up the option year on his rookie contract.

Wilkerson posted the best season of his career in 2013 as he was named a second-team All-Pro. Wilkerson posted 10.5 sacks, 63 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception for the Jets last season.

41 responses to “Muhammad Wilkerson wants to be “a Jet for life”

  1. That’s cute. But almost nobody stays on any team for life. Players sign big money deals and then get cut when they are not able to perform up to them. That’s how the NFL cap system works. He’ll sign a big money deal with the Jets at some point and then get cut when they realize they are paying the guy over 10M a year and not getting elite production from him anymore. Only exceptions are those rare HOF caliber players who are more interested in winning and not just lining their pockets.

  2. Yeah but you know sometimes you have to make an example out of a player. I like the tune he’s singing. Pay that man, and pay him well. It will send a message to everybody else that sometimes being committed to the team will reap unexpected awards that you will really learn to appreciate. This is a one of a kind team with spots that fill up quickly with a certain type of football character.

  3. Unfortunately for Mr. Wilkerson the technology to make him a Jet for life does not yet exist, however, being a member of his current team for the duration of his professional career may be attainable.

  4. Not a jets fan but how can you knock the guy for expressing his love for the team? Contracts usually have a way of working out best when both player and team mutually want to continue their relationship so I doubt he will lose any money by saying this. Good for him for loving his team and playing hard rather than chasing his second contract in an era of greedy owners and athletes

  5. Well…then he obviously doesn’t care one bit about playing for a team that wins…so jets a great place for him.

    Last time the jets won anything????

    A postage stamp was 5 cents.
    An average house cost $24,700.
    Average wage was $5,572.
    The Dow Jones was at 985.
    A new car cost $2,822.
    A gallon of gas was 34 cents.
    Total Federal spending was $174 billion.
    There were 100 million less Americans.

    Happy 45th anniversary jet fans…enjoy your April Super Bowl

  6. Or maybe Mo has been around just long enough to see that what goes around comes around. Revis had no loyalty so he is not shown loyalty by teams. If you commit to something or someone, you have a better chance of them committing back. Time well tell, but lawyers don’t always know best.

  7. He WILL get PAID and be a Jet for life!!! Mo is the heart and soul of the D line. There’s no giving up leverage w/ him, he will dominate Idzik and make him beg for mercy.

  8. Sounds like he’s just being a team guy.. Not everyone needs to squeeze every last penny out of a contract negotiation. Once you’ve made several million$ how much more really matters (but that’s just me). I’m sure he’ll be getting paid very well by the Jets when the time comes as long as he stays healthy.

  9. So now a player gets criticized for saying he DOESN’T want to hold out? Outside of J.J. Watts he’s the best 3-4 DE in the game, you can’t get a better bargaining chip than that.

  10. He wants to play for the Jets for life because:

    1) Woody is a great owner
    2) Rex is a terrific coach
    3) Defense is stout

    4) And NY Jet fans are the most loyal, devout and intense fans in the NFL.

  11. I heard this with Revis…Cromartie…..Braylon…..Santonio……they all wanted to retire as Jets, yet none did. They better lock him up.

  12. “Muhammad Wilkerson wants to be “a Jet for life”
    Which means he will demand top dollar, and move on to the highest bidder when his contract is up.

  13. Wilkerson get his big extension after this season. John Idzik, like any other rational NFL GM, just wanted to buy out one year of rookie pay, instead of two had he extended him this season.

    Unless the kid is a star QB, you never leave more than one rookie year on the table before negotiating extension. There’s literally no upside to doing that in the NFL.

  14. Mo’s car of choice also is dodge challenger. it reflects his personality and work ethic- tough, high motored, powerful and fast. that type of car he purchased shows it’s not about the money and fancy things, it’s about the grind and hard work to get to point A to point B. thanks for being our leader Mo, the jets need more voices like you to calm the fan base and media down!

  15. If this is true then I would expect big money in the first few years and then something more incentive based on the back end…

    That kind of deal would give the player what he deserves now, and some wiggle room to restructure down the road.

    Of this would all much too much sense, so it will never happen…

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