A high-impact first-round pick of the Jets has openly lobbied for another high-impact first-round pick of the Jets to get a new contract.
Via Brian Costello of the New York Post, 2013 first-round defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson has gone public with his desire that 2011 first-round defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson get a new contract.
“Hopefully, they do the right thing and pay the man,” Richardson said of Wilkerson, per Costello. “That’s coming from me. That’s somebody I want around. But it’s just business. You have no control over it.
“He’s due for a paycheck, though. Believe that, he’s due for a paycheck.”
That’s coming from a guy who, after two more NFL seasons, also will be due for a paycheck. And what the Jets do (or don’t do) for Wilkerson could go a long way toward determining what they do (or don’t do) for Richardson.
Unfortunately for first-round picks under the 2011 CBA, teams can exercise a fifth-year option, holding their rights one season more than the rights of any other drafted player.
For Wilkerson’s part, he hasn’t lobbied for a deal or threatened to withhold services. Instead, he’s pragmatic.”When it happens, it happens,” Wilkerson said last month.Still, when it happens for Wilkerson will go a long way toward determining when it happens for Richardson.