Friday July 25th, 2014

New York Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson feels underpaid but isn't currently worried about seeking a better contract, Wilkerson told the New York Daily News.

Wilkerson, the Jets' first-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, signed a four-year, $6.87 million contract after he was drafted that pays him a $1.2 million base salary this season. This offseason the Jets exercised Wilkerson's fifth-year option, which will pay him $7.2 million in 2015. He is scheduled to become a free agent after 2015 barring a new deal with the team.

The full quote from Wilkerson:

“Do I feel that I’m underpaid right now? Yeah,” Wilkerson said. “But that’s part of the business. My time will come when I get a new contract. But right now I’m just worried about becoming a better player, a better teammate and a better leader.”

Jets coach Rex Ryan intimated that Wilkerson will eventually be paid what he deserves. Wilkerson has said he wants to remain with the Jets long-term.

Wilkerson has amassed 114 tackles and 18.5 sacks in his three seasons. He was named second team All-Pro last season after recording a career-high 10.5 sacks.

More: Jets' offseason report card

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