Wilkerson appears unlikely to show for start of Jets’ camp

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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.

18 responses to “Wilkerson appears unlikely to show for start of Jets’ camp

  1. Show up on time, play very well … and get paid a kings ransom.

    OR – mope, show up late, maybe not be in as good shape, and maybe not do as well.

    Its just 1 year, and he’s being paid well for that one year. Its not like they only pay him 4MM.

  2. If I played for the Jets I wouldn’t want to show up either, what an embarrassing franchise

  3. The Jets could have avoided all the drama. Jets mismanage everything. Wilkerson doednt loose any cash till the first game.

  4. The Jets tried to negotiate before 2015. Wilkerson wanted JJ Watt money, and he’s not nearly as good as Watt.
    The Jets tried, but Wilkerson wants top top dollar. No way to keep him. They’ll franchise him for this year, then he can go. This time the Jets didn’t mismanage anything. Could they have traded him after 2015? Who knows.

    >>mtrhead269 says:
    Jul 2, 2016 4:53 PM
    The Jets could have avoided all the drama. Jets mismanage everything. Wilkerson doednt loose any cash till the first game.

  5. I am ok with the way the Jets are handling the Mo situation. The franchise tag makes the most sense. in 2017, both he and Sheldon will be looking for their pay day. The Jets won’t be able to pay it to both. Let them compete for it in 2016. Whoever earns it, gets the big money. The other hits the road.

  6. C’mon across the hall, Mo. Put on some Giants blue. Nobody ever has enough top quality D linemen. “Snacks” would welcome y’all with open arms.

  7. Don’t blame him! Even though I hate his team, good for him. One injury could cost these franchise players their careers.

  8. In the NBA after finishing up a contract the league’s best players are wined and dined by the cities elites to get them. In the NFL they are told this is the number you get, and if you don’t like it you can pound dirt.

  9. Almost invariably these players that hold out from OTAs and camp end up on injured reserver within 2-4 games of their return because they don’t have proper physical conditioning even if they’re working out on their own.

  10. He’s still recovering from that broken leg. Most likely wouldn’t see the field much anyway. I would be shocked if the Jets even play him in pre season at all.

    This is a non issue. Don’t be shocked if he ends up with a big contract with the Jets next year and Richardson is let go. Wilkerson is a better player IMO and the Jets will get a 3rd round comp pick for losing Richerdson in 2017 FA.

  11. Mismanaged? Hardly, they’re already loaded on the D line and cannot pay all 3 long term. Smartest move is to franchise Wilkerson, and push back your decision another year between he and Richardson long term. As great as Wilkerson is, Richardson may be even better and has a little more versatility.

    Wilkerson gets paid $16 mill this season so don’t get all teary eyed for him.

    AND if the Jets chose to, they could even franchise Wilkerson again next season. Mike M. has played this perfectly.

  12. Funny the Jets Fans went to every Dolphins story about Wallace, Suh and Tannehill about the Cap Trouble we would be in and the Dolphins still have $24M left and no troubles at all. While the Jets have to first start the sacrificing of decent players. All this and they don’t even have a QB yet! Todd Bowles is a good Coach and he got somewhat lucky last year due to an easy schedule. It is going to all spiral down going forward.

  13. mtrhead269 says:
    Jul 2, 2016 4:53 PM
    The Jets could have avoided all the drama. Jets mismanage everything. Wilkerson doednt loose any cash till the first game.
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    Au contraire … They managed it perfectly. Love you Jet haters. You guys talk crap about them no matter what they do. In the minds of 99% of Jets fans they have managed the Fitz thing perfectly and we would love to have Wilkerson signed to a long term deal, but we care about the future and not giving it away for one guy.

    Have you heard of the salary cap and related strategies? Apparently Not. You seem to be for the school that sells the team down the river for one guy.

    Have you ever seem Belicheck give the farm away for one guy? Did you notice Brady recently voluntarily reworked his contract to help the team out with the cap? Noooooooo, you didn’t. You were too busy trolling the Jets pages here and other places and talking crap about them.

    The Jets didn’t mismanage anything. In fact, given they are smartly unwilling to destroy the cap with a bank busting deal for one great player, they managed it perfectly.

  14. laxcoach37 says:
    Jul 3, 2016 2:33 PM
    Funny the Jets Fans went to every Dolphins story about Wallace, Suh and Tannehill about the Cap Trouble we would be in and the Dolphins still have $24M left and no troubles at all … Todd Bowles is a good Coach and he got somewhat lucky last year due to an easy schedule. It is going to all spiral down going forward.
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    First: The fish are fried. Whether or not they have $24MM in cap space, they stink. Their performance over the last three, five and ten year periods is far worse than the Jets. Try to remember, we expected the Jets to stink and they didn’t. We didn’t expect the Dolphins to stink and they did. They stunk on a level that makes a sewer seem like perfume.

    Second: When the Fried Fish look at they standings this year, they will be looking up at the Jets even if the Jets are second from the bottom.

  15. This is sad… jets letting arguably the best defensive player on the line walk next year Richardson who they think is better which I don’t see is suspended for game 1 and this is the guy they want to give Millions to the guy that can’t stay out of trouble Die Hard Jets fan I am but the Jets are ass backwards

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