When we last checked in on Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, he was declining to say if he would show up at training camp. But with Wilkerson still unsigned as the calendar turns to July, it’s appearing less likely that he’ll be there.
Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that Wilkerson will most likely not report on the first day of training camp, and skip at least the start. Slater also writes that Wilkerson is likely heading into his last season with the Jets.
However, Wilkerson is likely to sign the one-year, $15.7 million contract that comes with the franchise tender and show up to camp at some point. Players on the franchise tag don’t have a lot of leverage, and Wilkerson will want to show up in time to have a good season so that he can cash in when he hits free agency next year.
In 2017, Wilkerson will likely be in some other team’s camp. With a lot of money in his pocket.