Wilkerson has skipped the team’s voluntary off-season program, instead choosing to work out with a personal trainer to get in shape for the season.
Wilkerson is reportedly looking for a long-term deal and is scheduled to make $6.97 million in the last year of his rookie deal. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season and is reportedly looking for a deal that includes about $40 million guaranteed.
The 25-year old Wilkerson had 55 total tackles with 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble for New York last season.
“It’s going to be a process,” Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said to the Post. “We’re just going to see. I don’t really want to put a timeline on anything. I’m just going to see how this plays out in the near future.”
While Wilkerson has been waiting for a new deal, the Jets spent significant money this off-season bolstering their defense, which ranked sixth overall in 2014.
They gave Darrelle Revis a five-year, $70 million contract with $39 million guaranteed, signed former Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine to a four-year, $25 million deal, and signed Antonio Cromartie to a four-year deal worth $32 million.
Maccagnan says the team is aware of the market in paying defensive linemen after Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt received a six-year extension worth $100 million before last season, and New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan signed a five-year, $60 million deal with $33.6 million guaranteed this week.
“Each player is kind of different in how you slot or grade them. I would hope [to get an extension done]” Maccagnan said, “at some point in time.”
- Scooby Axson