The New York Jets are not actively trying to trade defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, general manager Mike Maccagnan told reporters Thursday.
The Jets selected USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams with the sixth pick in Thursday's draft, adding to a wealth of talent on the defensive front. In addition to Williams and Wilkerson, the Jets also have Pro Bowl defensive end Sheldon Richardson.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that at least two teams had contacted the Jets about trading for Wilkerson.
Wilkerson did not report to New York's off-season workouts earlier this month amid a contract dispute. The Jets exercised the fifth-year option in his rookie deal and will pay him just under $7 million this season. Wilkerson is seeking a new, long-term commitment.
Wilkerson has 24.5 sacks in his career and led the Jets with 10.5 sacks in 2013. He was part of a New York defense that allowed the sixth-fewest total yards in the league in 2014.
- Dan Gartland