Jets cut Mo Wilkerson

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We knew the Jets were going to cut defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, we just didn’t know when. Now we know when: Today.

The Jets announced today that Wilkerson has been released.

Wilkerson’s contract guaranteed his $16.75 million salary if he was still on the roster on March 16, and the Jets definitely weren’t going to pay him that. So the only question was how soon they would get rid of him. Wilkerson was a healthy scratch at the end of the season in part because the Jets wanted to make sure he could pass an end-of-season physical and there wouldn’t be any questions about their right to release him.

There will surely be a market for the talented Wilkerson, although it’s hard to imagine any team paying him anything in the neighborhood of $16.75 million.

The Jets already had a huge amount of salary cap space, and cutting Wilkerson opens up even more. If it’s true that they’re willing to pay whatever it takes to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins, they can afford to pay him a fortune.

39 responses to “Jets cut Mo Wilkerson

  1. Hey Les Snead…

    Finish up your oatmeal and put in a call to his agent. Tell him we’ll give him a two year deal worth $8 mil + incentives. Pair him with AD99 and let the magic happen!

  2. Come to Buffalo, I’ll take Johnathan Stewart for a couple mil a year too if Chris Ivory doesn’t want in.

  3. This guy could of been great before the injury he was dominant took a chance and paid him handsomely,he just quit after that honestly good riddance his productivity of late will be easily replaced with just a body.

  4. Im sure Belichick would love this guy on the Dline but the questionable effort leads to a lower contract value and a short deal. Theres no way another team doesnt offer more, the problem is anything more than a one year deal and this guy could just quit so its risky. He should get 1 maybe 2 years at a respectable value but nothing too crazy. Since theres a chance he may mail it in.

  5. Just maybe teams will learn that these big tackles only play hard to get that first big free agent contract and then they just get real lazy. Guys like Haynesworth, Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Ndamukong Suh just kick back and start living the good life.
    Forget Baltimore, Ozzie knows these big guys only play for the first big check and then quit and start having all kinds of injuries.

  6. From the day the Jets signed him, Mo was a beast. And as his contract expiration came nearer, we all screamed “Pay the Man!”… and although it took too long (which might be a factor), the Jets finally did pay him… at which point the unthinkable happened – Mo took the $ but stopped being the incredible performer he had been. Injuries clearly played a part but to most observers, he lost his passion for the game once he got paid. If he regains that passion, some team is going to get an incredible bargain (inflicting more pain on the Jets fans who had so strongly supported him). But if the passion doesn’t come back then he will spend the rest of his career as an average and likely overpaid lineman. So buyer beware!

  7. @Chet Ripley

    Correction: Rex Ryan drafted players show no effort or care for the game of football. The new bunch Todd Bowles has brought in like Adams, Williams, and Maye are grinders, team leaders, and love the team.

  8. Jets locked Wilkerson over Fitzpatrick which seemed the right choice at the time. Fitzpatrick was only starting because a teammate broke Geno’s jaw.

    It sure seems there’s a lot of problems in this locker room that NFL talent and cap space can’t fix.

  9. Isn’t he more effective in a 4-3 defense? What’s with all the clamoring from fans whose teams have 3-4 defenses?

  10. Jets have made some really great personnel moves the last two years. The moves they’ve made indicate that they’re willing to cut players due to performance and attitude, which is not something they’ve done in the past. See Santonio Holmes, Darrelle Revis, Vernon Gholston, Sanchez. Franchises often go down with the ship, so to speak, because of their inability to distinguish actual production and actual leadership from what the general consensus perceives these players are capable of. The Jets message has been clear the last two years, you produce or you have leadership tangibles, or you don’t play here. See Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, Fitzpatrick, Wilkerson and others.

  11. Based on his antics towards the end of last season, I’d be surprised if any team gave him a long term contract with big money involved. Imo, his best option would be to sign a one year, possibly incentive heavy contract, be a model citizen in and outside of the facility, and MAYBE someone will invest in a long term contract on him.

  12. Another loser who took the money and quit. He and Martellus Bennett should be the first two players signed for Vince McMahon’s new league. McMahon loves guys like them.

  13. Fans complained when the Jets dragged their feet on giving Mo a big contract. Now we see why they were so reluctant – unless you are inside the building/locker room, you really have no idea what a player is like.

  14. purpleguy says:
    February 28, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Isn’t he more effective in a 4-3 defense? What’s with all the clamoring from fans whose teams have 3-4 defenses?
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    Mo has been dominated in 3-4 and 4-3 defense when Rex Ryan was a coach, and played mostly 3-4 to now, he still able to do big plays until last year was his lame duck year.

    Good riddance Mo, I hope no other teams sign him but the Browns. maybe you will learn that losing more games will suck more than being paid well.

  15. Maybe Mo would like to become a Patriot for the veteran minimum payment. Could be a handy addition to bolster the D-line. However, he would have to understand that expectations are higher in New England and the amount of effort required is many times what he was used to at the NY Jets.

  16. Sorry Dadsource… not even Kevin Greene could light a fire under him last year. It got so pathetic, the Jets went out of their way to NOT play him…just so they can have this “moment”.

    Buyer beware.

  17. Bucs have 75 million in cap space and are desperate to improve on the 22 sack output from last year. Mo Money 4 Mo. Hope some sunshine,life with no state taxes, and our new DL coach Buckner will help his motivation.

  18. ravenmuscle says:
    February 28, 2018 at 2:06 pm
    Just maybe teams will learn that these big tackles only play hard to get that first big free agent contract and then they just get real lazy. Guys like Haynesworth, Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Ndamukong Suh just kick back and start living the good life.
    Forget Baltimore, Ozzie knows these big guys only play for the first big check and then quit and start having all kinds of injuries
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    This may not pertain to Mo or Haynesworth but Suh is definitely not lazy! He has one of the highest motors in the league for DT’s. Never misses a game and is in for almost every snap. No he doesn’t have double digit sacks or 10 tackles a game but when you get identified as an elite DT offenses then begin to gameplan for you. Suh is double teamed and sometimes triple teamed which is when one of the other 10 players on the field should be able to make a play. I agree that Suh’s contract is ridiculous but you surely can’t put him in the Haynesworth category, He is still playing at a very high level. Unfortunately not many other players on that defense are playing at the same level he is.

  19. Coach McDermott would love to feature Wilkerson in his defense. Come to Buffalo… call 1-800-662-4328(NO CHEAT).

  20. speicher145 says:
    February 28, 2018 at 1:37 pm
    GB on line 1.

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    After the way the packers messed with Martellus Bennett, it’s going to be a stretch for any FA wanting to sign with them.

  21. Anyone who is pining for Mo on their team hasn’t watched any of the Jets’ last two seasons, nor have they been closely following the team. I was thrilled when we paid him, even though I felt the more prudent move for the team would be to franchise him after breaking his leg in I think the season finale. He played like garbage the next year, but I always give players the benefit of the doubt the year they come back from a major injury. Even though I noticed him nnot chasing down plays and seemingly often give up on the pass rush after engaging, I figured to wait and see what this year showed. Not only was he almost invisible on the field, but he was consistently late for team meetings and activities. He was always awful with the media. Only way he put forth any effort is if he is hungry for another contract, and only gets a one year deal. Anyone gives him more than a one year prove it contract, and they better not expect much.

  22. Never could have imagined this is how his career would end in NY. Guy was a stud on the field looking like a building block for the next 5-8 years. Then the wheels fell off. Can’t understand it. I wonder if we will find out in a few years if something is going on with him off the field. Best of luck Mo. Please sign in the NFC.

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