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.
- Ben Estes