Richard Sherman and Joe Haden have gotten contract extensions recently and Patrick Peterson may not be far behind, so the ball is rolling on extensions for cornerbacks of the 2011 draft class.
Muhammad Wilkerson doesn’t play cornerback, but he’s one of the most productive players to come out of that draft and that’s led to questions about when he’ll get a new deal. There’s not much pressure for the Jets, who have exercised the defensive end’s 2015 option. That will allow them to pay him a little more than $8 million for the next two seasons and Wilkerson said he’s not feeling much urgency to get a deal done either.
“I would like a deal, but when it happens, it happens,” Wilkerson said, via ESPN.com. “I’m not saying I want it to be before the regular season. When it happens, it happens. I’m going to come in and work hard and take every day like I always do.”
Wilkerson previously ruled out a holdout in order to press the issue and seems to be content to bide his time until reaching agreement on a deal that will keep him with the Jets for the long term. If he turns in a 2014 season that looks like his first three, that course should pay off handsomely for him.