Muhammad Wilkerson stated this week that he will not focus on working out a new contract with the New York Jets this offseason.
Wilkerson instead will focus on improving his already stellar game, and although he is not opposed to a new contract his main offseason goal is improving as a defensive end. This year, Wilkerson was named to the NFL’s All-Pro Team as a defensive end, and he compiled an impressive 10 1/2 sacks this year. Despite all these accolades, Muhammad Wilkerson was not selected to the Pro Bowl, which almost served as a wake-up call for him.
I’m working on my game and trying to elevate it… Obviously, my play this year didn’t cut it if I wasn’t [at the Pro Bowl]“
This season, Wilkerson had career highs in sacks (10 1/2) and solo tackles (43) along with 2 forced fumbles and his first career interception. Muhammad Wilkerson is no doubt one of the top defensive ends in the league, and maintaining him for the future must be a top priority for the New York Jets’ front office.
Fortunately, the Jets have the ability to extend Wilkerson’s contract one more year this offseason due to an agreement in the new collective bargaining agreement. The Jets will have the opportunity to utilize a fifth year option in Wilkerson’s contract, permitting him to remain on the roster with a salary somewhere between $5.25 million and $6.0 million.
On the heels of an All-Pro caliber season and being the only New York Jet to make the All-Pro team, it is very likely that the Jets extend Muhammad Wilkerson’s contract. However, according to Wilkerson the Jets have not clarified with him about the 1 year extension. If the Jets were to do so, it would have to be done before May 3.
“I have no clue,” said the All-Pro defensive end, “I’m not worried about it.”