Todd Bowles: Muhammad Wilkerson “served his sentence”

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Jets coach Todd Bowles said on Monday that the team was still figuring out next steps with defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson after leaving him at home for last Sunday’s game against the Saints because of a coach’s decision reportedly related to Wilkerson’s chronic lateness to team meetings.

Bowles said one of the things they were working out was whether Wilkerson would practice with the team on Wednesday. That answer turned out to be an affirmative one as Wilkerson joined his teammates on the field.

After the practice, Bowles said, per multiple reporters at the Jets facility, that Wilkerson has “served his sentence,” but didn’t say whether that meant Wilkerson will play against the Chargers this weekend.

One factor in that decision will likely be Wilkerson’s contract for 2018. While the Jets can walk away without owing Wilkerson any money, his deal is guaranteed against injury so anything serious in the last two weeks could leave them on the hook for over $16 million for a player who doesn’t appear to be in the team’s plans for the future.

4 responses to “Todd Bowles: Muhammad Wilkerson “served his sentence”

  1. The inference to Wilkerson as an inmate is noted. As we learned in Houston, using such time tested metaphoric expressions to prove a point it not acceptable, and his words must be taken literally. I wonder if any Jets players will take a knee this weekend in response?

  2. There are some rumors floating around about AZ and the NYJ and a possible Bowles trade. The Jets at this point need to pull the trigger if true, I’m not going to get into how he’s an enabler for locker room cancers like Wilkerson and Brandon Marshall or how he has absolutely no spine because in all honesty he’s a nice guy. But his coaching skills and handling of young players calls into question his mental aptitude to be a head coach. Why was Robby Anderson on the bench for almost all of 2016? Why is Chad Hansen open on almost every play or coming up with clutch grabs yet gets 20 or 50 percent of the snaps every week? Our own offensive coordinator said he gave up in the Bronco’s game and this guy does absolutely nothing. He gives Matt Forte days off in practice when he’s done absolutely nothing to get rest. It’s not a culture I want Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye to grow around. The Jets just need to cut losses and go with an offensive mind to develop their future QB.

  3. Wilkerson has underperformed his contract.
    He has been late to numerous team meetings over at least 2 years, and has been benched on more than one occasion.

    This is why players get cut.
    If the Jets play Wilkerson and he gets hurt, his $16.5 Mil next year becomes guaranteed. The Jets are out of the playoffs so it would be smart to bench him.

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