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Muhammad Wilkerson wants to be “a Jet for life”

Muhammad Wilkerson 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.

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41 Responses to “Muhammad Wilkerson wants to be “a Jet for life””
  1. jason9696 says: Apr 11, 2014 12:13 AM

    I guess he’s not looking to win a Super Bowl. Or even play in one for that matter.

  2. charmcitychampions says: Apr 11, 2014 12:13 AM

    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.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 11, 2014 12:16 AM

    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.

  4. hurricanegrabowski says: Apr 11, 2014 12:16 AM

    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.

  5. drgfri says: Apr 11, 2014 12:33 AM

    The guy has great feet. He deserves to be a Jet for life.

  6. dlk47823 says: Apr 11, 2014 12:34 AM

    Stud…sign him up

  7. styx630 says: Apr 11, 2014 1:08 AM

    It’s almost like money isn’t the most important thing to him.

  8. grimreaper12 says: Apr 11, 2014 1:27 AM

    Hey Jets fans…

    #WEGOTREVIS

  9. dtr3e says: Apr 11, 2014 1:36 AM

    It’s nice to see that not all players are all about the money. Great player and the Jets need more players like him

  10. terrellblowens says: Apr 11, 2014 4:19 AM

    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

  11. sclazo says: Apr 11, 2014 6:27 AM

    I guess he doesn’t want to win then.

  12. coltsreign says: Apr 11, 2014 6:43 AM

    Play 10 years in with them and then ill believe it

  13. mistrezzrachael says: Apr 11, 2014 7:09 AM

    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

  14. haventwonsince69 says: Apr 11, 2014 7:24 AM

    Or perhaps money isn’t his greatest concern? Nice to see that for once.

  15. nyhealingpoints says: Apr 11, 2014 7:25 AM

    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.

  16. jetfan74 says: Apr 11, 2014 7:58 AM

    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.

  17. finsblood13 says: Apr 11, 2014 8:16 AM

    Poor Soul!!

  18. realnflmaster says: Apr 11, 2014 8:20 AM

    Best defensive lineman in the game. EASY.

  19. lifeistoughtrustmeimadolphinsfan says: Apr 11, 2014 8:22 AM

    No one wants to be a Jest for life…

  20. ninetysixer says: Apr 11, 2014 8:30 AM

    best interior lineman in the NFL. TEMPLE TUFF!

  21. wishingtonredslur says: Apr 11, 2014 8:31 AM

    Too bad he is having psychotic break. Who would want to spend their career never playing in a Super Bowl?

  22. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Apr 11, 2014 8:36 AM

    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.

  23. jetsclaps says: Apr 11, 2014 8:37 AM

    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.

  24. betterandbetterthan says: Apr 11, 2014 8:46 AM

    Yeah, nope. Wishful thinking on your part, but his agent will take care of it.

  25. andthehomeofthejets says: Apr 11, 2014 8:47 AM

    This is a player that you make sure he doesn’t leave. He makes your D-line good for years to come.

  26. mzim2756 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:03 AM

    Again, dolphin fans bashing the jets, pretty lame, dolphins have not won a playoff game in 14 years jets have won 6,

  27. RexCanCoach says: Apr 11, 2014 9:10 AM

    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.

  28. jw1991 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:15 AM

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

  29. ravensfaninflorida says: Apr 11, 2014 9:23 AM

    One word….. WHY???

  30. ejudge44 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:30 AM

    Wait, was that seriously a National Treasure reference?

  31. marcuswelby1 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:30 AM

    “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.

  32. jetsmmt says: Apr 11, 2014 9:32 AM

    There goes Ryan Tannyhill’s “development”.

  33. pftfan says: Apr 11, 2014 9:41 AM

    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.

  34. hehateme2 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:48 AM

    Why? Does he not care about winning and respect?

    Weirdo.

  35. finsblood13 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:52 AM

    Are the jets still an nfl team?? enjoy the basement Wilkerson!!

  36. kate773 says: Apr 11, 2014 10:02 AM

    Why?

  37. grimreaper12 says: Apr 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    Best interior lineman? LOL Jets fans are as dumb as their coach. Geno Atkins is the best. Hands down.

  38. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Apr 11, 2014 10:25 AM

    This is the kind of influence that Vick brings to the table.

  39. agcooney108 says: Apr 11, 2014 11:26 AM

    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!

  40. finsblood13 says: Apr 11, 2014 3:26 PM

    2014 AFC East champions your Miami Dolphins

  41. joeypickles says: Apr 12, 2014 9:25 AM

    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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