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New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson reportedly will show up for mandatory minicamp next week

By SI Wire
June 04, 2015

New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson plans to show up for the team's mandatory minicamp next week, according to a report from the New York Post.

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.

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“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.

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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.”

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