Jets will cut Muhammad Wilkerson, just a matter of when

AP

Jets defensive lineman has made $37 million the last two seasons, but the Jets made him a healthy scratch the last two games of the season just to keep him from getting hurt.

Because it appears obvious that he’s going to be released, with the only question when.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, the cut will come before March 16, or his $16.75 million salary will be guaranteed for the year. And after a season marked by benchings for tardiness and general non-leadership, it’s clear they’re tired of having him around.

If they eat the dead money up front, they’ll clear $11 million in cap space. If they designate him a post-June 1 cut, they can push it to $17 million in immediate space.

The Jets already have $75 million worth of cap room, as they prepare for another quarterback search and a potential run at Kirk Cousins, but it seems getting rid of Wilkerson is worth it to them regardless of fiscal benefit.

7 responses to “Jets will cut Muhammad Wilkerson, just a matter of when

  1. If it was a team leader who has aged and declined I would cut him as soon as possible so as to give him time to find a new team. No hard feelings, do what you can to make his life easier. Same for a free agent I signed a few years ago who is no longer needed.

    Since Wilkerson is being cut because of his bad attitude, and drastic decline in performance since getting a big payday, I would cut him as late as possible so it’s hard for him to find a new team at the price he wants. Cut him in August right before training camp. In fact I’d deactivate him and cit him the day before the season starts if allowed by the CBA.

  2. Real Good player (when he wants to be) but he clearly needs a change of scenery. Seattle seems to be a place where a lot of disgruntled or edgy guys go, and Pete Carrol seems to make it all work.

    People will place him to New England, but I don;t see that one happening.

  3. arclight1972 says:
    February 14, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Since Wilkerson is being cut because of his bad attitude, and drastic decline in performance since getting a big payday, I would cut him as late as possible so it’s hard for him to find a new team at the price he wants. Cut him in August right before training camp. In fact I’d deactivate him and cit him the day before the season starts if allowed by the CBA.

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    His $16+ million salary becomes fully guaranteed if he’s on the team on March 16 (according to this PFT article). Why cut him out of spite in August? By then the salary is guanranteed so he’d get the $16m no matter what. Is that a wise use of cap space? Unless I’m missing something, perhaps a GM position is not in your future.

  4. Albert Hayensworth 2. Every teams worst nightmare. Pay the guy and he quits.

    So many guys actually get better with the security. You can be free of worry and lock in on the game.

    You see it in all sports. Some people have no love for the game and it becomes obvious it was all talent and an act, to get paid.

  5. I wonder if Wilkerson realizes the price he’s going to pay for acting like a high schooler skipping school. His next salary is going to be just a fraction of what he was making with the Jets. He probably still doesn’t get it until he finds out teams aren’t willing to pay someone with an attitude and lousy work ethic a tremendous amount of money. Any team that signs him better do so with some behavioral clauses in his contract so he’ll have an incentive to act regulate his behavior. They also need to give him the minimum salary with lots of incentive clauses. No guaranteed money.

    His remaining salary would have paid him over $48M. He just threw that away because of his attitude. Brilliant. Would you want this guy on your team?

  6. This guy picked the wrong time to mail it in. Now he is going to have to grind it out on at least one maybe 2 one season prove it deals for anyone to consider dishing out that kind of money for him again. Even if he does everything asked of him and gets back to that elite level, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if there are concessions to get out of the deal on multiple years. Odds are he is probably finished, I hope he managed his money well.

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