Jets exercise fifth-year option on Muhammad Wilkerson

The Jets have exercised defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson‘s fifth-year option (Mehta, April 17).

The option, which kicks in for the 2015 season, will pay Wilkerson $6.9 million.

Wilkerson, 24, had 63 tackles, 10 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception during the 2013 season.




37 comments
Bent
Bent moderator

Non-story.  No reason not to do this.  Doesn't affect anything.

Tommy Nasonte
Tommy Nasonte

I know that Idzik didnt break the bank to sign free agents this year which is good in my opinion, but next year could be the best FA class ever! Guys like Dez Bryant, Demarius Thomas, Earl Thomas, Sherman, Jimmy Graham, Justin Houston, and many more could be available! First & foremost signing Wilkerson & extending our own best players should take a chunk of that cap space bit we will have $$$ to outbid for a superstar to hopefully get us over the hump!

Kristin Klemmer Shuffler
Kristin Klemmer Shuffler

This is just the first step in the resigning process. The team has more leverage to drop the price tag down just a little bit. He will be signed, it's a no brainer for the team to exercise the option.

Brendan
Brendan

It's going to be interesting if this option leads to holdouts since it's unguaranteed until the start of the season. 

Anthony Lamberti
Anthony Lamberti

Pay the man don't risk losing him and regretting it for years to come.... He earned it

marcus81
marcus81

@Bent isn't it better to sign him to a long term deal early so Jets don't overpay when he becomes a FA?

Brendan
Brendan

@Tommy Nasonte  Not to throw water on the fire, but a lot of those guys won't make it off their current teams, but if teams area spending huge chunks of change to lock up the tippy-top tier players, that means a lot of good players will hit the market below them. 


And if Jimmy Graham makes it to FA I will sacrifice a lamb if that gets him on the Jets. 

blackwood1
blackwood1

@Tommy Nasonte Said this over a week ago!! Glad more people are coming around to seeing the pig picture. Making vital upgrades with this draft sets us up perfectly to round out & complete the rebuild with success in next yrs much more talented draft class. 

jroc
jroc

@Brendan  Cool. We'll be able to lock-up all our homegrown talent

Marvel
Marvel

@Brendan  

How is this possible?


need more info... that's a crazy #


madbacker
madbacker

@Brendan  does that count carry over from this year or JUST space we will have next year?

madbacker
madbacker

@Brendan  I am feeling that this will lead to some insane Hank rant focused on Gholston being better than Wilkshake and  comparing twinkies, mcdonalds and taco bell for breakfast. And to ensure that everyone is confused he will finish of with why Warren Sapp is a better dancer than Rex. 


Idk just a feeling 

Brendan
Brendan

@Anthony Lamberti  They aren't risking losing him. They still can franchise him in 2016 (although I hope that's never necessary). It's like a $5 million raise and if JJ Watt is playing for his 5th year option, Mo is too. 

ganggrncap
ganggrncap

@Marvel @Brendan


Well I guess we can expect $20m will rollover into next season but were not factoring in signing rookies and wt not.


I'd say its closer to $45-$50m than $60

madbacker
madbacker

@Marvel he passed go  MANY TIMES!!1 collecting $200 each time! He is the WORST person to play monopoly against!

Anthony Lamberti
Anthony Lamberti

I agree but we all know are teams track record with there own i just hope idzik makes it clear that it is not like that anymore

Anthony Lamberti
Anthony Lamberti

To lock up hands down 1 of the best if not the best player on ur team he is hands down the best defensive player we have next to boss hawg

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @ganggrncap  


Sounds reasonable, although I doubt there will be $20m to roll over by the time all is said and done.  If the Jets get a comparable number of injuries to last year, then the amount left over at the end of the year could be closer to $10m than $20m.

Brendan
Brendan

@ganggrncap I'm pretty sure that's been taken into account. If the Jets are rolling over $20 million (fair estimate from their current $26-and-change million in space), that will take the 2015 salary cap (don't want to project it too high, so let's just say $135 million) and raise that effective cap # by $20m. They currently have 2015 cap obligations totaling just over $81 million, updated for Wilkerson's new salary. If we use $135 million, that means $75 million in space before removing money for rookies, etc. 


*turns on Bent signal*


Am I missing an obvious piece here? 

Bent
Bent moderator

@jmactheman @Hanknaples @madbacker  Not to mention the fact that Gholston never did anything as an outside linebacker but was somewhat useful as an interior lineman - Wilkerson's position.


Wilkerson is sliiiiightly better than "somewhat useful" in that role though.

jmactheman
jmactheman

@Hanknaples @madbacker  Hank, Wilkerson is a defensive end, not a linebacker. Since every year, him not being named to the pro bowl is a snub, I don't think they're converting Wilkerson to OLB.


Also, after Vernon Gholston was cut, he complained that Bart Scott was taking playing time that should have gone to him. (This was in the context of Rex calling him unmotivated in Rex's book.) Bart Scott played INSIDE linebacker, which is a very different position than OUTSIDE linebacker in Rex Ryan's defense.

Brendan
Brendan

@Stanley Bostitch I'd simply go for a $5 million raise split between all the people who post/write for TJB (then Bent would finally get paid!).

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@Anthony Lamberti  A worse track record and horrible precedent would be to start signing our players with two years left on their contract.