Muhammad Wilkerson on Jets: “I don’t feel like they want me”

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The Jets have said they want to keep defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, even if the numbers will make that difficult beyond this year.

But Wilkerson doesn’t seem convinced, and sounded off on his situation with the team while rehabbing his broken leg and not participating in minicamp.

“It’s shocking. It’s frustrating,” Wilkerson told Brian Costello of the New York Post. “Because I feel like I’ve earned it and I deserve it. It would be different if I was just a mediocre player. I feel like each and every week I’m dominating and it’s showing. The stats speak for themselves. Basically, what more do I need to do? You know what I mean? . . .

“Do I feel that they want me back? As of right now, no. I don’t feel like they want me. I’m a talented guy. Everybody knows that. I feel like they’re going to get the best they can out of me and just let me go. That’s how I feel. Do I like that feeling? No. I’m a New Jersey guy, born and raised and would love to raise my family here.”

Wilkerson has been in touch with trainers to monitor the progress of his broken leg, but hasn’t made any headway with the front office. He hasn’t signed his franchise tag offer, which would pay him $15.7 million this year.

That’s a far cry from the six-year, $103 million deal Fletcher Cox just signed with the Eagles, and Wilkerson made it clear how he thought he stacked up to him.

“I think he’s a great player. Do I feel like I’m better than him? Yes,” Wilkerson said. “Not to be cocky, it’s just a confidence thing. Everybody in the league that plays feels like they’re the best player at their position. If you ask any NFL player, they’re going to say they’re the best at their position.

“I feel like I’m better than him and whatever [his deal is] I deserve that or better.”

That’s going to be hard for the Jets to do at the moment, leaving Wilkerson to decide how stern of a stance he wants to take come training camp.

39 responses to “Muhammad Wilkerson on Jets: “I don’t feel like they want me”

  1. Bring in the LIL cars,,the never ending clown show called the J-E-T-S…jets jets jets….

  2. Interesting that he publicly made a statement on the situation. Wilkerson is a great player and it is shocking the Jets haven´t extended him when they had the chance. Wilkerson is the safe pick off the field between him and Richardson, and a good role model for upcoming beast Leonard Williams. You´d think if the Jets don´t bring back fitz then they´d re-up Mo. From there ownership side.. they literally don´t have to sign him and can just use the tag both this year and next. Loyalty vs. smart business-very interesting.

  3. He said “feel” or “feeling” nine times. It’s all about him and his emotions. These millennials are so sensitive. Toughen up.

  4. The Jets are going to blow this, and let him walk. They have the players, that have the potential to replace, but he is a anchor, for a team, that has a small window to compete.

  5. Defensive players are becoming way too over-payed but good QBs are hard to find and over pay but Fitz would gladly accept that role.

    Other teams in the NFL need to find another way to line their players pockets without it taking a cap hit.

    Look at New England – refer players to Tom Bradys health clinic, it reimburses Tom, and allows him to grow a brand and set him up for retirement.

    Illegal? Maybe but c’mon.

  6. I’d love to have Wilkerson on the Packers. They could afford him too because Ted always keeps the pocket book stocked. That said, it’ll never happen. Ted doesn’t sign high profile free agents.

  7. more delusions. i remember when rex ryan called him richard seymour.

    that was funny

    good player, but he doesn’t take games over when doubled.

    nevertheless, the jets are morons for not budgeting for their best draft pick in a decade (revis in 2007).

    enjoy the arrogance jets fans

    enjoy woody silver spoon johnson

  8. Take a discount and come to the only team in NFL history with a continuous championship pedigree. Champions from day one to the present. The greatest franchise the NFL has ever seen, the PITTSBURGH STEELERS.

  9. I know the teams have a salary cap but maybe what the CBA needs is a player by position salary cap…

    These guys just whine too much for the money they get to play a kids game.

    With out football what % of these guys would be passing food through a drive through ?

  10. They want you Muhammad, just not at the salary you want.
    Let’s turn it around shall we?
    The Jets feel like Muhammad Wilkerson doesn’t want them.

  11. all these dummies that never attended a class in college or took an IQ test to show how stupid they are always say the same thing…I’m not respected or they don’t want me. Getting $15 million dollars for one year is more respect than Wilkerson should get in a thousand years.
    What has Miami gained by giving Suh all those millions? Nothing. What did the Redskins gain by giving Albert Haynesworth a hundred million. Nothing.
    The Jets need to stand their ground and let some bottom feeder team give Wilkerson the money to make a splash and gain nothing too.
    Do the Patriots or Steelers ever give these dummies those kind of deals….never. Just maybe that’s why they are good and competitive every year and the Dolphins and Redskins suck.

  12. Please explain what and when about his tag. It seems that the Jets want him if he is healthy. Or, maybe if he doesn’t sign, his money is then available for a qb situation. Have they decided they can’t sign both Fitz and Wilkerson due to a money problem? I have thought that for some time, but it seems I am alone there.

  13. The longer the Jets wait to sign him to a long term deal the more it will cost. It does look like the Jets plan to move on from him after this year.

  14. I swear to god, if this turns into another Revis sitation where he goes to the patriots, wins a super bowl, and then comes back with an inflated contract on the back end of his career, I’m going to flip out.

  15. He has refused to sign a $15.7 million tender for THIS YEAR.

    The average income in the U.S. is $52,000. At this rate, it would take the average person 302 years to earn what MW will earn in one year.

    No, MW, the Jets don’t appreciate you.

    And neither does the average working stiff.

  16. Teams want their players, but if the players want too much the team has no choice but to let them go.

    With the exception of QB, you generally don’t see the better teams overpaying their star players, they let them walk.
    The Jets tried to sign him a year ago, but he wanted Sub money, and they weren’t going to pay that.

    Of course the Jets want him, he’s a great player. But not at what he wants.

  17. zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    Jun 16, 2016 8:00 AM

    I’d love to have Wilkerson on the Packers. They could afford him too because Ted always keeps the pocket book stocked. That said, it’ll never happen. Ted doesn’t sign high profile free agents.
    I would never wish MW on the Pack.

    He’s a pain in the ass and would be poison in the locker room.

    Can you name the last GB player who held out?

  18. They like you enough to pay you over 15 mil for one season so quit your whining.

    If you’re smart with that money you are set for the rest of your life even after taxes and agent’s fees.

  19. “tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 16, 2016 8:01 AM

    more delusions. i remember when rex ryan called him richard seymour.

    that was funny

    good player, but he doesn’t take games over when doubled.”

    Most players don’t. It’s pretty hard to consistently take over a game while being doubled. That’s when somebody else has to step up and take advantage of that.

  20. Just think, Mo, when the Jets tag you again next year… You’ll have the Oliver and Fletcher salaries baked into your top 5 calculation!

    But something tells me you will still not sign your tender and you will still claim to FEEL unwanted…am I right?

  21. Leave it to the Jets to be in such cap hell. My understanding is they literally cannot fit Fitz at anything resembling normal starter money… and are likely hamstrung here as well? Sumbîtch!

    Can’t blame the guy for wanting to get paid. This is his big contract; he was drafted #30 overall so his rookie deal has “only” paid him what, ~7 mil or so? Minus taxes and fees he’s averaged under a mil a year. Big money by my standards, of course, but he hasn’t rung the bell yet.

    For a guy in his position the franchise tag is a huge bummer. He blows his body up this year somehow and that could be IT: his one big payday was the franchise tag. Personally, seeing the angst the tag causes (and this year seems worse), I expect it to be seriously looked at when the next CBA is negotiated…. add a second year guaranteed for injury maybe, maybe adjust the equation so it pays the average of the top 3 at the position PLUS 25% or something. It is just a bit too egregious a way for teams to tie up top talent right now.

  22. to the doofus above, vince wilfork has no issues being doubled and making plays and like i said, rex ryan called wilkerson the next seymour.

    seymour DID make plays consistently while doubled

    hence, wilkerson is nowhere near the impact player seymour was in his prime.

    some of these millennials have inflated opinions of themselves

  23. I’m glad Tylawsp6 watches so much game film of the Jets that he knows who is beating double teams and when. Again, Seymour became a Raider as he was indispensable to the Rats.

  24. Bears fan here…….Um…we’d love you, Mo! Cap-room, scheme-fit–you could be the missing piece. See you in ’17, when you’re a UFA.

  25. tylaw—-I respect Richard Seymour, but this guy is a total animal. Crashes the pocket, then chases down Tyrod Taylor outside. He’s really good. Kind of a positive freak show.

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