The New York Jets have signed defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson to a multi-year deal, the team announced.
The deal is reportedly worth $17 million per season over five years, according to NFL media's Ian Rapoport. Wilkerson will receive around $50 million in the first three years of his new deal, according to Albert Breer of the MMQB.
The team had until 4 p.m. ET to reach contract agreement with Wilkerson. Had the Jets not met the deadline, Wilkerson would have played the 2016 season under his $15.7 million franchise tag.
Wilkerson was selected by the Jets in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. In his five season with the Jets, Wilkerson has compiled 36.5 sacks, including 12 last season.