Agent: Muhammad Wilkerson undecided about attending minicamp

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The New York Post reported on Thursday that defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson will be at the team’s mandatory minicamp next week, which would mark his first appearance at practice with the team this offseason as Wilkerson has stayed away as part of his effort to secure a long-term deal before his rookie contract expires.

The minicamp is the first mandatory work of the offseason for the Jets and Wilkerson would be subject to fines for missing each of the three days. Despite that, Wilkerson’s agent Chad Wiestling says his client hasn’t made up his mind about how to handle things.

“We have yet to decide whether to attend or not,” Wiestling told Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.

Wilkerson quashed the idea of holding out before the 2014 season, saying that a deal would happen when it happens. A year has passed without a deal happening and the contract that defensive end Cam Jordan signed with the Saints this week has “reset the market” according to Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan, a combination that may have Wilkerson thinking differently when it comes to this year’s work.

11 responses to “Agent: Muhammad Wilkerson undecided about attending minicamp

  1. Jets have all the leverage here. He is under contract, due to make over 6 million, which isn’t THAT undervalued. They have the best overall player fall into their lap during the draft who happens to play the same position as Wilkerson. And they also have Sheldon Richardson who is two years younger and equally talented.

    Wilkerson will eventually be on the field when it matters, week 1. If the Jets can manage to reach a deal that both sides feel is reasonable watch out for the three-headed monster of Richardson, Wilkerson, and Williams. All under 25 and potential All-Pro players that dominate at the point of attack.

  2. Well that okay whatever you wanna show up or not.. The Jets just drafted Leonard Williams, which is perfect replacement for you(Mo). If you thinking of gaining any Leverage, this is absolute worse idea ever.
    Just show up and do your job as you agree to previous contract.

  3. If Williams is the real deal, there is no way they can sign all 3. In a choice between Wilkerson and Richardson, I’ll take Richardson.

  4. Well, quality players with vocal contract issues tend to bring a dark cloud with them. Sign him or send him off somewhere else. Fake injuries, bad attitudes, reduced effort. None of these tings are good when your a team trying to get back into the playoffs.

  5. He’s going to make 7 mil this year. That should be enough incentive to go out and prove you’re worth more. Richardson signed for 2 more years, Jets have the luxury of sitting back and waiting. Have a huge year, get a huge contract. Sitting out never helps the player, usually end up getting hurt from not being in football shape. Not to mention the heavy fines for not reporting.

  6. >>Well, quality players with vocal contract issues tend to bring a dark cloud with them. Sign him or send him off somewhere else. Fake injuries, bad attitudes, reduced effort. None of these tings are good when your a team trying to get back into the playoffs.

    I agree about trading if they can get a lot for him.
    But the team has some leverage – this year, then they can franchise him a year. I’d rather not go that route, but if he reportedly wants 14MM/year I’d trade him.

    The Jets aren’t going anywhere with Geno Smith/Ryan Fitzpatrick as their QBs.

  7. Holding out of mandatory camp is a clear sign of good will to show the team that you are worth paying tens of millions of dollars to.

    These agents and athletes are completely insane and I wonder how much faith players put into their agents as I just get the feeling it’s the agents who are the main people who are behind this type of crap and the players are either too naive, apathetic or dumb to realize they are being given lousy advice.

  8. You know he’s showing up, this is just the agent trying to put (fake) pressure on the team and to show them they mean business. He won’t want to pay the fine of sitting out either.

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