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Jets pick up option on Muhammad Wilkerson

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With the deadline approaching for picking up fifth-year options for 2011 draft picks, the New York Jets have picked up their option on defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson.

The Jets had always intended on picking up Wilkerson’s option year. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, that decision has been officially exercised.

Wilkerson was the 30th overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft. As per terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, all draft picks sign four-year contracts with first-round selections having a team option for a fifth season. For 2011 draft picks, teams have until May 3 to exercise their options for the 2015 season.

The option would pay Wilkerson $6.969 million in 2015.

Wilkerson racked up 10.5 sacks and 63 tackles with two forced fumbles and an interception for the Jets last season. He was named a second-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowl alternate.

Wilkerson has said he wants to be a “Jet for life” and the option year could give the two sides more time to come to terms on a long-term extension.

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10 Responses to “Jets pick up option on Muhammad Wilkerson”
  1. jamesgrande1 says: Apr 18, 2014 12:43 AM

    Absolutely the correct decision. I thought Mo should have been a pro bowler without question, not an alternate. He’s started 47 out of the 48 possible games the past 3 seasons and his numbers have increased significantly. Great pass rusher, good in the run, no brainer.

  2. hidden202 says: Apr 18, 2014 1:39 AM

    The pay the man.

  3. simplegodfather says: Apr 18, 2014 3:09 AM

    He’ll be Monstars on NY Jets for years… Terrorizing every QBs, RBs, and prob WRs/TEs.. Keep up M0!

  4. cylondetector says: Apr 18, 2014 4:20 AM

    As a Patriots fan i’m unhappy to be forced into acknowledging what a force this guy is – awesome player.

  5. JackedUpSports says: Apr 18, 2014 5:19 AM

    top 3 d-lineman in the league

  6. bbk1000 says: Apr 18, 2014 5:46 AM

    When you’re a Jet,
    You’re a Jet all the way
    From your first cigarette
    To your last dyin’ day.

    When you’re a Jet,
    If the spit hits the fan,
    You got brothers around,
    You’re a family man!

    You’re never alone,
    You’re never disconnected!
    You’re home with your own:
    When company’s expected,
    You’re well protected!

    Then you are set
    With a capital J,
    Which you’ll never forget
    Till they cart you away.
    When you’re a Jet,
    You stay a Jet!

  7. ninetysixer says: Apr 18, 2014 8:18 AM

    Best D-Lineman in football. Temple Tuff!

  8. jetsfaninindy says: Apr 18, 2014 9:30 AM

    Great move. I was skeptical when we drafted
    him. He proved me wrong. Dude is awesome.
    A line with him, and Sheldon Richardson
    is what dreams are made of.

  9. incomestocks says: Apr 18, 2014 11:13 AM

    Mo & Richardson keepers

  10. incomestocks says: Apr 18, 2014 11:16 AM

    never though I’d say it, but best d-line in NY area is in green & white – tho curious to see what draft brings.

    ….& why didn’t Jets consider Josh Freeman? Gino needs time, Vick, could be a killer if the change of venue brings back the old Vick, but a big if.

    Freeman no more of a risk than the others, much more upside, no?

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