New York Jets place franchise tag on Muhammad Wilkerson

The Jets placed a franchise tag on defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.
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The New York Jets have placed a franchise tag on defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, the team announced on Tuesday.

NFL Media’s Kimberly Jones was first to report the news.

When Wilkerson signs the tag, he will be guaranteed just over $15.7 million.

A first round selection by the Jets in 2011 out of Temple, Wilkerson just completed the fifth year of his rookie contract.

He tallied 64 tackles and 12 sacks, while also forcing two fumbles in 2015. In his five NFL seasons, Wilkerson has accumulated 300 tackles, 36 sacks and nine forced fumbles. 

The 26-year-old is a 2015 Pro Bowl selection, as well as a two-time second team All-Pro honoree.

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The Jets missed the playoffs in 2015, finishing second in the AFC East with a 10–6 record.