Wilkerson: I want to be a Jet for life

Muhammad-Wilkerson-Bills

Jets star defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson has told his team that he wants to play with the New York Jets for his entire NFL career.

“I told them at the end of the year last year that I want to be a Jet — a Jet for life,” Wilkerson told the New York Post at a Play 60 event at the team headquarters. “I’m from the area, I’m a local guy, so I would love to be here and finish my career here.”

In addition, Wilkerson also confirmed earlier reports (Metro, February 8) that he will not hold out this summer, assuming the Jets pick up the optional fifth year of his contract as they are expected to do. (TJB, March 7)

While the Jets will more than likely pay Wilkerson his market value eventually, the centerpiece of the defensive line made it clear that he won’t focus on the negotiating table.

“That’s what I have an agent for,” Wilkerson said. “I’m not holding out. My agent is talking with Idzik, and that’s all I can say. I have nothing to do with that. I’m just going to let him take care of that. That’s his job. I’m just here to play ball.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

After watching the team’s former best defensive player get locked into an endless contract controversy with the team, it’s nice to see the team’s current best defensive player not follow the same pattern.

It’s good to hear Wilkerson voice his desire play his career for the Jets. Wilkerson seems to have the temperament to make it work. Even so, it’s rare in this day and age that an NFL player plays his entire career with just one organization. I truly believe that Wilkerson is earnest in his hope to play for the Jets his entire career and I think most fans would love to see that happen.


Learn about Mo Wilkerson’s offseason workout regimen here. (TJB, April 7)




94 comments
marcus81
marcus81

and he can be a Jet for life if he doesn't start acting like Revis did

Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

I feel exactly the same way...Jet for life!

dabronx
dabronx

I wonder why Izdick doesn't try to leverage the situation and give Mo a smaller contract now then waiting until next year. Offer something in the 6 year 36M range with a good 10 - 15M guaranteed now. If we tag him next year it will cost 11.1M+ for 2015. As a FA, I believe Mo could get up to 8-9M per year offer. However, players may be willing to take less long term to get guaranteed money now and mitigate the risk of getting injured in a contract year. It's not like we don't have the cap room and if Mo stays on the field the Jets will look like geniuses. It's a risk to both parties but one I would feel comfortable with. Mo doesn't come off as a player who would want more money ever year - aka Revis. 

Jerry
Jerry

I'm much of a jersey guy, but I'd buy a Wilk.

a57se
a57se

Hey Bent, how about a BGA on the GM candidates who got away?

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

Unfortunately, Mo is employed in a job that is violent and is almost 100% injury-prone. As fans what he said is great, but his statement undermines his leverage in negotiation. I have to think that his agent would have preferred he said nothing about his future. 

a57se
a57se

Seems to me every time a player says he wants to be a Jet for life, the team finds a way to get rid of him......

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

Wow,Manziel scores a 32 on the wonderlic along with strong game film a strong pro day this guy is starting to grow on me.

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@a57se  I can see from your comments that you are NOT a fan of Idzik; certainly your right to this opinion. Idzik has been on the job for one full season, where we went 8-8. In this second off-season, which still has a long way to go (rest of FA, draft, undrafted FAs, OTAs, training camp, training camp cut downs, training camp cut down signees) Idzik has a plan, even if he doesn't verbalize it to us or the media. You should go back to April 2013 and see where we were....and then compare to April 2014 to see where we are now. 


As an example, I saw a segment on the NFL Network the other day where the question was asked: Which AFC East team would topple the Patriots dominance. Three out of the four on the panel said us.If we don't improve on our 8-8 record and/or make playoffs, then OK....blast Idzik. I just don't see the over-the-top criticism warranted as of April 2014.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se  That's not a bad idea.  When I get round to doing the Expendables for draft picks and free agent moves the Jets were linked with but did not make, that can be something I address.

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

@johnnyl65  

Maybe he's still growing.  5'9" is a little short for the NFL...  And his hand never gets above his helmet when he throws the ball.  He's going to struggle to get it over a defensive line that will tower over him.

WW85
WW85

@johnnyl65  I think he's going to be awful in the NFL. His arm strength, lack of discipline. He's really a midget version of Brett Favre without the arm strength. 

dabronx
dabronx

@Disgruntled Jets Fan @dabronx 

Justification:

Mo 2014 compensation - 2.2M

Mo (if we tag) 2015 compensation - about 11.1M

Mo 2016 (if we give him a big 5 year contract post 2015) - 8.5 avg

2017 - 8.5 avg

2018 - 8.5 avg

2019 - 8.5 avg

2020 - 8.5 avg

Total compensation for the next 6 seasons= 47.3 (avg 7.8M)

If we give him a contract 6 year 36M range he forfeits 11.3M but mitigates the risk of getting injured in the next two seasons and he gets paid now. Ok, 6/36M is a little low..  give him a nice bonus up front to make the deal a little sweeter.    

a57se
a57se

@1969JAN12th

As Bent and I were discussing on the Podcast thread, Idzik isn't doing anything that Tanny and other GM's haven't done before.

I don't think Idzik is very good at talent evaluation (which means discerning talent and valuing that talent), I do like his stubborness on contract negotiations but If you are valuing players differently then the market, that stubborness will come back to bite you.

I really don't care about a talking head panel on the NFL Network.....last year that same panel said we were a 4 win team.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

It seems a natural follow-up to the conversation in the Podcast thread.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

Here I thought you were posting all the Jets who said this......

a57se
a57se

@WW85

Brett Favre was ONE WHOLE INCH TALLER then Johnny FootBawl..........

a57se
a57se

@jaygo

Roger Staubach's opinion will have NO impact on the Texans decision........the things people say!

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Bent  Reads like doctors trying to make a name for themselves they first state mental ability is critical to learning ones job and then come up with a speclitive assumption that the test is bias on a racial level. In the conclusion they conclude it makes no difference and then go on to say

"Accordingly, more research is needed to 

determine if GMA is related to proximal criteria of interest such as trainability ratings, playbook 

knowledge acquisition, play recall, and assignment recognition.2

It may be that the effect of 

GMA on performance may attenuate to a null relationship through a casual chain of acquiring"


Which contradicts their entire studies assumptions.

The ability to process information quicker and with greater comprehension is always relative. I reject this study as it contradicts it's own findings.

WW85
WW85

@Bent  They are talking across the board, but what if they just focus on the QB position?

a57se
a57se

@dabronx  

I didn't mean anything disparaging to you dabronx, I am a dopey fan as well...:)

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@dabronx  yeah, 57 has a habit of talking down to people and thinking he knows more about everything than anyone else

dabronx
dabronx

@a57se @Disgruntled Jets FanDopey? !@# you!
 It's hysterical how low lifes like to talk shit on here. And become complete bitches when confronted face to face.

dabronx
dabronx

@Disgruntled Jets Fan @dabronx 

Only 6 DE's make over 10M per year. Unless your comparing Wilk to Hardy, Ware, or Mario Williams, I doubt he makes 10+ unless he further ups his game. 

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@a57se @1969JAN12th  He has only one complete year as a GM. How do you even have enough to say he is bad at talent evaluation? Because he refused to do what the Dolphins did last year and what the Raiders are doing this year? I'm not saying he's good at evaluating talent, but with only 1 complete year as an NFL GM, I'm not going to say he's bad at it either

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Speaking of which how'd do u mock everyone who claims Sherman was found in the 5th and Brady in the 6th and basically call them stupid for thinking Idzik could do the same since you think it's so rare to do, but then get on idziks case and call him a bad GM for not doing exactly that in 1 year .

Seriously? Do you just twist things for your own sake?

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Haha...people can be SOOOO naive!

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brian Bassett @Bent @a57se  


I give it five minutes before we start to see tweets like this:


Source: Wilkerson wants to play in Seattle in two years


...and everyone starts calling him ME-hammad Wilkerson

Brian Bassett
Brian Bassett moderator

@Bent @a57se  Right.  It's a nice fiction ... but I don't think that Mo is going to give up any leverage just because he publicly stated he wants to play in New York for the rest of his career.  It's a nice throwaway statement ... but there's NO UPSIDE to saying he wants to play in Seattle with two years left on his deal.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  Just making the point that players often say this around the league and end up moving on. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  Well a one trick pony can still be very effective if employed smartly.

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

@a57se @Bent  

I think we need to get some scouts over to the NMFL games.  Perhaps midgets are an untapped resource.  We could pick them up in even numbers so they could share lockers and plane seats.  Our fabulous GM, Rachel Phelps, will love the cost savings.  Not to mention the increase in PSLs - who doesn't love watching a midget get trucked by a 6'9" defensive lineman?

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Hahaha....yeah and that is the only route Evans knows!

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  


Manziel only did that once?  ...but I saw it on Sportscenter and assumed that's what he did on every single snap!

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Well I figured one iconic play deserved another.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  An iconic play to be sure, but I don't think any team would get very far if they tried that on a regular basis.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

True, David Tyree didn't have any height advantage.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Exactly! This also goes along with every draft pick too.

People saying OBJ and Cooks are already better then players like Kerely make me laugh. Dudes haven't even played a snap in the NfL and nobody has any idea how they will look when EVERYONE has the same talent level. Not 95% of KIDS who are now not playing anymore.

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

@a57se @Bent  

He can move well when surrounded by college level players, 95% of which are now down with football.  Let little Johnny try to pull his shenanigans in the NFL and he'll be watching the rest of the games from the Darryl Stingley Memorial Skybox.  

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  So they say, but whether he can create passing lanes at the NFL level is something he'll have to prove.  Running around like a headless chicken and throwing a jumpball to your receiver who has an eight inch height advantage on everyone else in the defensive backfield isn't really an option in the pros.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

I think Manziel has shown that he can move well?

Bent
Bent moderator

@Ceifus Hornswoggle @Bent @johnnyl65  


At 5'11" and 6/8 Manziel will be officially listed at 6'0" and I'm sure there are other 6'0" quarterbacks that are strictly speaking just below six feet.


However, yes, I do agree that height is important for a QB.  If you don't have it, you need to be able to move well within and outside the pocket and a low release point won't help.

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

@Bent @johnnyl65 

There's only been 7 quarterbacks under six feet tall with more than 1000 passing attempts in the history of the NFL.  And the only guy you've probably ever heard of is Doug Flutie.  There's a reason why these little guys don't get much playing time.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Bent, this is Spent you are talking to.....:)

WW85
WW85

@a57se Brett Favre is 6-2 & Manziel is 5-11 I thought?  


DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Which could still make a big deal. Football is a game of inches after all.

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@a57se @twin  not everyone goes into the military and knows military language 57. God forbid someone doesn't know what arse means

a57se
a57se

@johnnyl65  

I took the tests the military gives to new recruits and they are 100 times more involved then the Wonderlic test.

I am sure they are different now then when I entered the Military but they were used to indicate what jobs candidates were more suited to. If I remember correctly there were five parts to the tests and they took several hours to complete.


johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@a57se @Bent  The military doesn't only use those simulators but also uses "those dumb arse word problems" as to many promotional position. It can be enhanced by simulation test but the word test are still needed to asses comprehensive skills and the ability to retain written information.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  


Yes, agreed.


Then you interrogate the film and pro day workouts to see whether he can actually make the throw having identified the read.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

There are amazing simulators that the military uses for training and I am pretty certain it would be easy enough to develop software to test a QB's ability to see the field. That would be much better then if they can figure out a dumb arse word problem.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  I wonder if a more football-centric test would be good.  Like some sort of electronic test where you need to quickly identify an open read on screen or something like that.  I wonder if teams have developed something like that and would be fascinated to see if the results were a good performance indicator.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

The Wonderlic is a waste of time.

It tests one area of intelligence that has little to do with playing Football.

Bent
Bent moderator

@johnnyl65 @Bent  


I don't know.  I didn't read the whole thing, but I think their assumption that the current wonderlic isn't really a strong performance indicator, but that such tests can be good and then suggesting ways of either improving the test or other ways to look at the data in more detail to find a correlation would be a reasonable academic approach to such a study.