Report: Jets plan to use franchise tag on Muhammad Wilkerson

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Tuesday is the first day that teams can apply the franchise tag on impending free agents, which means the Jets will have to make a decision about defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.

While quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is also headed for free agency, the feeling is that the Jets can work out a longer deal with Fitzpatrick. That hasn’t been the case with Wilkerson, who spent time last offseason angling for a new contract and hasn’t agreed to a deal with the Jets in the ensuing months.

Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports that things haven’t moved any closer to a resolution on the long-term contract front and that the Jets plan to use their tag on Wilkerson. That would cost more than $15 million in salary for the 2016 season if Wilkerson winds up playing out the year under the tag and the two sides would have until the middle of July to talk about a long-term deal.

The Jets could also trade Wilkerson over that period, something that could be of interest if they decide they want to re-sign defensive tackle Damon Harrison to go with Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams up front on defense.

12 responses to “Report: Jets plan to use franchise tag on Muhammad Wilkerson

  1. I definitely don’t want to see him traded either. But if it comes to that, 3 first round picks, nothing less than 2 first rounders and a second.

  2. Trade him or he plays under the franchise tag this yr, can not give him 100 million contract with Richardson and Williams on the roster…..Snacks can hopefully be signed to a contract that’s reasonable with a nice guarantee and some back end money that the Jets can get out of with cutting him or restructure after yr 3….Wilkerson is worth the 100 million and can get the 100 million but it will have to be some place else…..

  3. The Jets have some fine players, especially on the defensive side of the ball but they are getting old at key positions and the young stars expect NY money, long term, with large upfront guaranteed money. They are not a deep team at most positions and are susceptible to injuries.

    The fan base has unrealistic expectations even though they haven’t won a super bowl since before the moon landing. Two ones and a two for a guy looking for a max contract is about as delusional as it gets.

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